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Highway Fatalities Increase in 2012 Due to Distracted Driving

Steve Wagner

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just released the data for the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (the FARS), and the numbers show that highway deaths increased to a staggering 33,561 in 2012, 1,082 more fatalities than those which occurred in 2011.

Although these numbers are still historically lower than in recent history, and this year is actually the first that marks an increase since 2005, the increase is still disconcerting. Why are the numbers higher this year than in recent years? What was the cause of such a significant increase?

While many factors contributed to the increase, distracted driving was among one of the highest causes for the higher numbers.

One recent trend has us worried even more; Vining while driving. As the fastest growing app of this past year, Vine is a video posting app where users can follow one another, similar to Twitter or Instagram. The trend has led to dangerous activities, increased distractions, and irresponsible behavior behind the wheel of many cars this year.

Although the idea is to simply hold up your phone and record what’s going on inside or outside of your vehicle, it only takes one second of distraction to cause an accident. It only takes five seconds of distraction to have driven the entire length of a football field without looking at the road.

Do your part in the New Year, don’t drive distracted. Put the cell phones down. If you must record something, have a passenger do it, or pull over and take a break from the road.

If you have been injured by the recklessness of another driver, give the motor vehicle accident law offices of Wagner Reese a call at (888) 204-8440 for more information on how we can get you the compensation you deserve as a result of your injuries.

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