Cellphone use is now estimated to be involved in 26% of all motor vehicle crashes – up from 25% last year, according to “Injury Facts”, the annual survey from the National Safety Council released this past March. But it’s not texting of checking status updates- widely regarded as the scourge of road accidents – that’s the biggest problem. Around 5% of cellphone-related crashes involve texting, while the other 21% involve drivers talking on hand-held or hands-free cellphones, the survey found. Truck drivers who attempt to communicate via their cellular devices create a great threat to other individuals on the roads and highways.
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.
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