Teens are most often killed in accidents involving distracted driving than any other type of accident. In their attempt to multi-task, they end up injuring or even killing themselves, their passengers or those in other vehicles. Many states have passed, or are in the process of passing, laws related to distracted driving in order to reduce the number of car accidents. Find out what constitutes distracted driving and the statistics.
Distracted driving is anything that takes a driver’s attention away from the act of driving. This includes using a phone, eating, talking, reading and changing radio stations. In 2010, distractions accounted for 18% of injury accidents. Studies show that brain power is decreased by up to 40% when engaging in distracting behavior. Teenagers are more likely that any other age group to cause an accident because of distractions. In fact, 11% of teen drivers killed in accidents were distracted at the time of the crash.
Using a cell phone is the biggest distractor. Those who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident. Using a hands-free device is not much safer. For more information about teen driving statistics, see our full article.
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