Distracted Driving Accidents

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Texting or talking on a cell phone is a well-documented form of distracted driving that has become a significant problem over recent years, but other distractions have been a factor in accidents for many decades.

While the consequences of using a cell phone while driving can be deadly, cell phone use behind the wheel is not the biggest distraction for drivers. One recent study of police data from 2010 and 2011 breaks down the top 10 distractions involved in fatal accidents. Researchers examined the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a nationwide census of fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Top 10 driver distractions in fatal crashes

Here are the top 10 distractions involved in deadly car accidents:

  • Daydreaming or “lost in thought” (62 percent of distracted drivers)
  • Using a cell phone for things like talking, listening, dialing or texting (12 percent of distracted drivers)
  • Distraction from an outside person, object or event, sometimes referred to as “rubbernecking” (7 percent of distracted drivers)
  • Talking with or looking at other people in the car (5 percent of distracted drivers)
  • Using or reaching for a device in the car such as a navigational unit or headphones (2 percent of distracted drivers)
  • Eating or drinking (2 percent of distracted drivers)
  • Adjusting a stereo or climate controls (2 percent of distracted drivers)
  • Using other controls in the vehicle such as adjusting a rear-view mirror or seats (1 percent of distracted drivers)
  • A pet, insect or other object is moving inside the vehicle (1 percent of distracted drivers)
  • Smoking, including lighting up or putting ashes in the ashtray (1 percent of distracted drivers)

At Meade Law Group, we encourage all drivers to avoid distractions. It’s important to focus on driving to keep yourself and others on the road safe.

Accidents due to distracted drivers, unfortunately, happen every day, and the consequences can be devastating. Ten percent of the 65,000 fatal accidents that occurred in the United States between 2010 and 2011 involved at least one of the drivers being distracted, according to an analysis of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Contact a Tennessee car accident attorney

If you or a loved one was involved in a distracted driver accident in Tennessee, you may be entitled to compensation. Don’t hesitate to contact Meade Law Group for a free consultation with an experienced car accident attorney. We are dedicated to helping victims obtain the compensation and closure they deserve.

Call us today at (423) 464-7779.


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