Woman Leaves Hospital After Three Car Collision
While smartphones are probably responsible for a majority of distracted driving accidents, such accidents have been occurring regularly. Before smartphones, people would be distracted by older cell phones, their car radios, tape, or CD players. People also become distracted by passengers and by eating or drinking while driving. Distracted driving is a factor in approximately 25% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes. Teens are the largest group of those who drive while distracted, accounting for 58% of teen crashes. In 2015, there were 391,000 injuries due to distracted driving accidents. That same year, there were 3,477 fatalities attributed to distracted driving. Each day, approximately 9 people lose their lives in crashes caused by distracted driving.
Syracuse.com reports that a woman who was seriously hurt in a 3-car collision was released from the hospital.
21-year-old Amber L. Mitchell was in an accident Tuesday and suffered from internal injuries. She was taken to Upstate University Hospital in serious condition after she hit another vehicle that had been involved in a collision.
According to Florida State Troopers, 22-year-old Darien H. Hill was preoccupied with her phone when she swerved to avoid a truck. She crashed her 2005 Chevrolet Malibu into a guardrail.
Mitchell was behind Hill in the passing lane and struck the woman’s Chevrolet with her Subaru. Her car then swung into the driving lane and hit the back of a tow truck that had been parked on the shoulder of the roadway.
Hill was not injured in the accident. She received citations for operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile telephone, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Two passengers in Mitchell’s vehicle were taken to the hospital to treat minor injuries. A passenger in the tow truck also suffered from a minor injury.