Sticklen & Dreyer Have Firsthand Car Accident Case Experience
Through our experience handling car accident cases, we have learned some unsettling statistics involving auto accidents caused by distracted driving. While Missouri law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from texting and driving, 300,000 injuries occur every year in the United States from teenagers texting and driving.
But distracted driving isn’t only a teenager problem. In 2013, 10% of fatal crashes, 18% of injury crashes, and 16% of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes were caused by distracted driving. This isn’t an age-specific issue.
As the number of screens present in cars and the amount of multitasking that people engage in both increase, the rate of car crashes caused by distracted drivers skyrockets. A quick text can result in more than a fender-bender. A text can lead to a fatal accident.
Fatal Car Crashes Are On the Rise In Joplin, MO
Between 2016-2017, Joplin saw a sharp rise in fatal car accidents. In 2016, the number of fatal car accidents in Joplin jumped from four total accidents to nine, more than doubling the number of fatal accidents from the previous year. Just looking at these nine fatal accidents, there was a 20% rise in the number of drunk drivers involved.
Sadly, these cases are not unusual. When you are involved in a car accident, your life changes in an instant. Sticklen & Dreyer are open to any inquiry and welcome people to set up a free consultation to learn about personal injury claims and legal advice pertaining to distracted driving. Secure yourself with knowledge to ensure correct action if the unthinkable happens.
Intoxicated Driving Statistics and Trends
Accidents caused by drivers under the influence are the most talked about deadly motor vehicle accidents.
According to the FBI, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2010. This figure represents 1% of the 112 million adults in the U.S. who self-report episodes of alcohol-impaired driving each year.
Highway fatalities have become so predictable that some state highway patrols issue fatality estimates before certain holidays that are eerily accurate.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2016. That’s 1% of the 111 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year. About 1.8% of Missouri drivers reported driving while impaired.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, marijuana use is an increasing cause for car accidents. When looking at nighttime and weekend drivers, 13% have marijuana in their system. Marijuana users are 25% more likely to be involved in a crash compared to drivers who don’t consume marijuana.
Sticklen & Dreyer is Committed to the Joplin Community
The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, an impartial third-party ranking organization, ranked Sticklen & Dreyer as one of their “10 Best Attorney in Client Satisfaction” for a reason. Our commitment to our clients goes beyond legality. We are committed to our community and winning results.
If you have suffered a personal injury or been in a car accident, contact Joplin’s top personal injury attorneys to help you get the compensation you deserve.