With all the buzz about the dangers of distracted driving, you may be wondering if these claims are actually true. Are driving distractions really as dangerous as researchers claim?
Here are five real-life examples of distracted drivers getting into serious accidents.
- In December 2006, 71-year-old woman was awarded $4.1 million because a company driver, who was distracted by his BlackBerry’s navigation, ran a red light. The woman suffered serious and permanent injuries.
- A 53-year-old male driver in Washington caused a five-car pileup on Interstate 5, outside Seattle in December 2006. The man was checking his email while driving.
- In May 2009, a female motorcyclist was killed when she was rear-ended by a driver who was allegedly painting her nails.
- Two semi truck drivers fell asleep at the wheel, causing two separate crashes that caused a major traffic jam on Michigan’s I-94. The accident occurred around 3 a.m. on November 12, 2009.
- Police believe the Metrolink engineer’s failure to stop at a red light was to blame for the collision of a commuter train with 225 aboard and a freight train in Chatsworth, California in September 2008. The engineer, was reportedly texting while operating the train.
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