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According to the National Safety Council, distracted driving is commonplace with one-third of all car accidents involving some type of cell phone use. The Council calculates that talking on a cell phone is responsible for about 21 percent of traffic accidents, while texting accounts for another 6 to 16 percent.
Dangers of Distracted DrivingDistracted driving occurs anytime a driver’s attention is diverted away from the primary task by any other activity. The first distraction that people think of most often might be a cell phone or other electronic device. However, there are many other distractions including, eating, talking with other passengers, changing radio stations, planning your day or daydreaming. Even billboards and other objects outside the vehicle can serve as distractions. Distracted driving occurs commonly in everyday driving and in crashes. In fact, most drivers report sometimes having engaged in distracted driving. Research has revealed that drivers engaged in a secondary task up to one-half of the time while driving, and 34% of drivers self-reported using a cell phone while driving on a somewhat regular basis. NHTSA has discerned that distraction was a factor about 10 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes and 18 percent of all crashes causing injury in 2012. Because of the difficulty measuring the extent to which driver distraction is a contributing factor in a crash, it is impossible to know the exact toll. Wireless device records are usually only accessed in instances of death or serious injury, motorists may not admit fault, and police may not always be able to recognize the role of distraction. While methods of reporting are improving, current estimates likely underestimate how frequently distraction causes crashes.
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