Car accident fatalities are common on U.S. roads, and the number of fatalities is increasing every year. Despite many safety improvements and public service campaigns, the accident rate is rapidly increasing. Driver distraction is considered to be one of the main causes of these accidents. Use of smartphones is one distraction that causes accidents. There are also many other driver habits that fall into the category of distracted driving. Some of the most common driver distractions that cause car accidents are:
Dialing a number: Dialing a number to make a call is among the most dangerous forms of distraction. It increases a driver’s crash risk by 12 times. Although many cars today have hands-free technology, this safety feature hardly makes an impact. Whether hand-held or hands-free, cell phone use is the major cause of car accidents.
Reaching for an object: Reaching for an object is a distraction in itself. It is usually the first mistake a driver makes before he or she ignores the law and begins texting or surfing the web. This type of distraction increases the odds of a crash by up to 9 times.
Using touchscreens: Cars these days are equipped with touchscreen menus and navigation. Research has shown that using these devices increases the risk of a crash by more than 4 times.
Operating the radio: This is one of the oldest and most common forms of distraction. A driver trying to operate the radio doubles the risk of a crash. When there is an MP3 player or music player in the car, the statistics become even more alarming.
Texting: Most states have banned texting while driving. Texting increases a driver’s crash risk by 6 times. Studies have shown that approximately 40% of drivers ignore texting and driving laws.
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