Studies Proving Accident Risks of Distracted Driving


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There’s always time to bring more attention to the problem of distracted driving. This is a subject that is not going to be beaten to death any time soon, not as long as more than 25% of all accidents are traced to distracted driving.

There’s always time to bring more attention to the problem of distracted driving. This is a subject that is not going to be beaten to death any time soon, not as long as more than 25% of all accidents are traced to distracted driving.

While there are all kinds of distractions that a motorist may face while driving, Los Angeles personal injury lawyers are especially concerned about the risks from cell phones, especially those involving texting while driving. That's because texting while driving has been found and confirmed to be the single most distracting activity a motorist can perform while he's driving. The very act of texting requires you to take your hands off the wheel and eyes off the road for a few seconds, and this is what increases your accident risks.

However, there continue to be motorists out there who ignore the risks of texting while driving. It might help these people to know that there is a massive body of evidence out there, proving the risks of texting and cell phone use while driving.

Studies into these risks have been conducted since 1997. That year, a study was published in the New England Journal Of Medicine, showing that drivers who used a cell phone, whether a hand-held or hands-free set, were up to four times more likely to be involved in an accident.

A study conducted in 2005 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety confirmed these findings too.

There have been at least 30 confirmed research studies showing that accident risks were higher when motorists used cell phones while driving. In fact, these studies confirm that using a hands-free set is just as dangerous as using a hand-held cell phone. So much for California's hand-held cell phone ban.

Other studies indicate that cell phone use is a factor in an estimated 25% of all accidents that only result in injuries and property damage.

According to the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, every year, thousands of deaths can be traced to the use of cell phones at the wheel.

In 2008, a survey conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety confirmed that more than 80% of drivers admitted to cell phone use while driving.

In 2003, according to a study by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, cell phone-related accidents cost the country an approximate $43 billion.



Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author.

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