Cell Phones Are Culprits in 28% of Car Accidents
A new study released on Tuesday shows that cell phone use or texting was responsible for nearly 28 percent of car accidents each year.
The study, which was conducted by the National Safety Council (NCS), is another marker in the effort to prove that using technology when behind the wheel is a huge threat to road safety.
Details of the Study
According to the NCS study, of all of the car accidents each year, nearly 1.6 million of them are caused by people talking on their phones or texting while behind the wheel. More specifically, 1.4 million of the accidents were caused by people talking on their phones, while 200,000 were caused by those who were texting.
Study Implications for New Road Safety Laws
Auto insurers, legislators and business leaders are working on ways to create legislation that will prevent cell phone use and texting while driving. This study, as well as the many others that have surfaced in recent weeks, help to push legislation in the right direction.
It is becoming clearer all the time that driving while under the influence of technology is a dangerous practice. Hopefully, continued proof will not only help to lower auto insurance premiums (by keeping a good driving record), but also save millions of lives.