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Why Distracted Driving Brings a New Dimension to Auto Accidents in Georgia

December 15, 2011

The federal government released statistics concerning the impact of distracted driving and traffic accident deaths. It is believed that 1 out of every 11 traffic accident deaths in the U.S. is caused by distracted drivers. In the United States there were 3,092 deaths stemming from distracted driver accidents last year.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving also includes the usage of hands-free phone devices. On a positive note, the survey does show an overall reduction in the total number of fatal car wrecks caused by texting and driving for the year 2011. This decrease is due to significant driver education programs, public awareness campaigns and new auto-cellphone legislation.

The survey also shows an increased willingness of most drivers to answer calls while driving. That percentage is as high as three-fourths of the drivers on the road today. Moreover, drivers in the survey have reported that they seldom consider the present traffic situations when deciding to make use of their cell phones. Almost all drivers in the survey agreed that they would feel "less safe" while in the passenger seat while another driver was calling or texting while driving.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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