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April 7, 2015 – in Car Accidents, Personal Injury Law, Risk Reduction on the Road

The rise of accidents caused by texting while driving

Recently, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released the results of an in-depth study of automobile crashes involving teen drivers.

Working with researchers at the University of Iowa, the team analyzed 1,691 dash cam video recordings. Researchers found that distraction, including texting or using a mobile phone, was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe car accidents involving teenagers. This result was unexpected, as it is nearly four times as high as previously released official estimates based on police reports!1

The methodology for the study involved analyzing six seconds of video footage immediately prior to a collision. Of all the causes for driver distraction, cell phone use stood out as particularly dangerous. “The average eyes-off-road time for drivers who were operating or looking at their phone was 4.1s,” researchers reported.2

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, in conjunction with their official report, released a short video showing some of the accidents caused by distracted driving. The video is viewable below, and the full report can be accessed by clicking here.

If you have been injured in a car accident due to a distracted driver, email us, or give us a call at (404) 888-9962. We can help you seek compensation for your injuries.

  1. AAA Foundation for Traffic Saftey, https://www.aaafoundation.org/sites/default/files/2015TeenCrashCausationReport.pdf
  2. Technology Tell, http://www.technologytell.com/apple/148573/teen-distracted-driving-auto-crashes-worse-expected/