The study found that distracted driving contributed to car accidents 58 percent of the time, causing moderate to severe car accidents. The researchers studied dashcam videos of teen drivers just moments before an accident occurred to determine the causes of car crashes.
What kind of distractions are causing these car accidents? According to the study, talking to other passengers caused 15 percent of the accidents while cellphone use caused 12 percent. Other causes of car accidents found in the study were looking at something, singing, grooming and reaching for an object.
Many reports continue to show the dangers of distracted driving, especially cellphone use. Drivers who look down at their cellphones for even a few seconds can get into a serious car accident. The study found that many teen drivers using cellphones did not look at the road for four out of the final six seconds before getting into an accident.
Cellphone use among teenagers continues to contribute to car accidents. Cellphone use and other distractions pose serious hazards behind the wheel. Although many drivers understand the risks of distracted driving and cellphone use, many drivers continue to use cellphones.
All drivers, not just teens, need to be aware of how dangerous it is to drive distracted. Cellphone use and other types of distractions can impact your ability to focus, even just for a few seconds. This can lead to a serious accident.
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You should know that drivers can be held liable for accidents they cause, especially if their negligence contributed to the crash. If you or a loved one has been injured due to another driver’s negligence, such as by distracted driving, you may be able to pursue a legal claim against the driver.
Source: Huffington Post, “Alarming Dashcam Footage Suggests Distracted Driving Causes More Than Half Of All Teen Crashes: Study,” Dominique Mosbergen, March 26, 2015