A tiny camera captured 1,700 videos of teens while they were driving. The dramatic results showed distractions were common and often led to crashes.
The study was done by AAA. It found distracted driving causes almost one million crashes with 16 to 19-year-old’s in the United States, 383,000 injuries, and over 2800 deaths.
A video shows the 6 seconds leading up to car crashes involving teen drivers.
Jim Hanni from AAA says the study shows cell phone use while driving causes 12% of car crashes. However the number one leading cause for distracted driving is interacting with other passengers in the car. Hanni says parents need to lead by example.
“Parents put the dang phone down! And put it in the back seat, in the trunk and concentrate on driving and model good behavior,” says Hanni.
Singing to music, and grooming were toward the bottom of the list of distractions causing about 6% of car crashes in the study.
Texting While Driving is nearly as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a car accident involving a cell phone or text messaging, contact the Morgantown Distracted Driving Lawyers of Colombo Law at 800-860-1414.