The Benton County Sheriff’s Office says that inattentive driving most likely caused a head-on crash on the 800 block of Little Rock Road Northeast in Watab Township, Minnesota. The accident happened at 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.
A Buick Regal, driven by 18-year-0ld Darin Turck, crossed the centerline of the two-lane road, hitting a Pontiac Grand Am driven a 36-year-old man from Rice, Minnesota. He had to be cut out of his car. Both of the drivers were taken to St. Cloud Hospital with serious injuries.
Little Rock Road Northeast is a straight, two-lane road with few intersections. The roads were dry at the time of the crash. The sheriff’s office is investigating the accident to see if any criminal charges for distracted driving will be assessed.
Accidents caused by distracted drivers are all too common. Drivers must pay attention to the road and control their vehicles while driving. Distractions can range from answering a cell phone, to texting, to talking to someone else in the car, to being sleep-deprived. If a driver was distracted, that could be considered negligence.
A study conducted in 2015 found that distracted driving is a problem among teenagers. Researchers looked at 1,691 videos of crashes with drivers age 16 to 19. In fact, this type of behavior was found in 58% of all of the crashes studied. Attending to passengers and cell phone use were the most frequent causes of distracted driving. Personal grooming, adjusting controls, reaching for an object, eating, drinking, or daydreaming are other causes of distracted driving.
Another study, this one conducted in 2012, found that distracted driving is on the rise. Every day, more than 1,000 people are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. Read on to learn more about this growing problem.