Distracted Driving Accidents Caused by Cell Phones May be Vastly Under Reported

7 June 2013

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types of driversThe National Safety Council recently released a report indicating several valid reasons why it believes that cell phone related car accidents are commonly under reported  By focusing on a person’s own driving habits, change can be made to prevent more distracted driving accidents from occurring in the future.

In a recent study, the council reviewed 180 fatal car accidents caused by cell phones that took place between 2009 and 2011. Although cell phone use appeared to be the primary cause of all of these accidents, only about half of the incidents were reported as such.

According to the National Safety Council, the results of this study are indicative of a much larger trend of under reporting distractions such as mobile devices as being the primary cause of avoidable car accidents nationwide.

How Distracted Driving Accidents Occur

Distracted driving accidents happen when drivers do not pay attention to the road in front of them, as well as other pedestrians, animals or moving objects. A person may lack cognitive focus because he or she is thinking about stressful situations at work and he or she does not have his or her mind on the road.

For this reason, even hands-free texting can be dangerous because a person’s attention is off the roadway even if the person’s hands are on the steering wheel. Drivers may lack visual focus because they are looking at a text message. A distracted driving accident may also occur because the driver doesn’t have his or her hands on the wheel because he or she is adjusting the radio.

Causes of Distracted Driving Accidents

There are several different causes that result in automotive accidents that are related to distractions.

  • A person may use a cell phone talking or texting while driving.
  • Drivers may fidget while driving or adjust mirrors, seats or a GPS system that takes their attention off the road.
  • Other passengers may be distracting or drivers may turn around to discipline their children. Some drivers may eat or attempt to read while driving, adding other unnecessary distractions to the mix.

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