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Study: distracted driving causes more car accidents than we think

It is no secret that distracted driving can lead to broken traffic laws and serious accidents. Cellphones are estimated to be one of the most common causes of distracted driving. Many states, including California, have laws that regulate when it is okay for drivers to use cellphones, however, there is not a single state that restricts all cellphone usage while driving. Some people speculate that it would be easier to pass state laws restricting the use of cellphones behind the wheel if cell phone usage during a fatal car accident was properly reported.  

According to a new study published by the National Safety Council, the number of fatal car accidents in which the driver was on a cell phone is underreported. This could happen for any number of reasons. When a distracted driver causes a serious accident, they may be reluctant to admit to the police that they were on the cellphone. Another reason these accidents may be underreported is because police officers do not properly report it in the crash report. The National Safety Council claims that even when drivers admit they were on a cellphone, this fact is not recorded in about 50 percent of all cases. 

Distracted driving is a serious problem in this country. Whether a driver is texting, making phone calls, or looking at a GPS, taking their eyes off the road for even one second can result in a serious car accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident that was caused by a distracted driver, you deserve compensation for your pain and suffering. A lawyer may be able to help.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, “Study: Distracted driving deaths underreported,” Joan Lowy, May 7, 2013

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