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I recently read an eye-opening article on The Hartford Insurance website about the increase in fatal car accidents as a result of distracted driving. It’s important for us to focus on driving safely and to stay current on the statistics that affect us each and every day.

Check out the full article below:

Whether you’re talking on a cell phone, texting, using your laptop or any other device not related to driving, you will be distracted from the task at hand – safe driving. State traffic laws are beginning to catch up with the common use of electronic devices, often banning their use to reduce distracted driving.

In 2008, 5,870 people lost their lives and an estimated 515,000 people were injured in police-reported crashes in which at least one form of driver distraction was reported on the crash report. While these distracted driving statistics are significant, they may not state the true size of the problem, since the identification of distraction and its role in the crash by law enforcement can be very difficult.

Distracted Driving Statistics

  • Driver distraction was reported to have been involved in 16 percent of all fatal crashes in 2008 according to data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).
  • The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group—16 percent of all under-20 drivers in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving.
  • An estimated 21 percent of injury crashes were reported to have involved driver distraction, according to data from the General Estimates System (GES).
  • Based on data from the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey (NMVCCS), a nationally representative survey, of the crashes in which the critical reason for the crash was attributed to the driver, approximately 18 percent involved driver distraction.
  • During the 100-Car Naturalistic Driving Study, driver involvement in secondary tasks contributed to over 22 percent of all crashes and near-crashes recorded during the study period.

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