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Distracted Driving a Particular Problem for Teens, Study Shows
Adult drivers were also caught on camera doing much more than focusing on traffic signals, other vehicles and road conditions. Distractions noted by researchers included adjusting controls, eating, drinking, putting on makeup and doing personal hygiene, reading, and reaching for objects. Video cameras began recording when a driver swerved sharply, slammed on the brakes or otherwise caused their car, truck or SUV to experience higher G-forces than usual.
Distractions and sudden corrections did not equate directly to accidents for drivers participating in the study, but it is undeniable that allowing one's focus to wander from operating a vehicle safely is a leading cause of crashes that cause injuries and deaths. As a Virginia personal injury attorney who has helped many victims of crashes caused by people who simply were not paying attention, I would know this to be true even if data collected by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration didn't show that 16 percent of fatal accidents involved at least one distracted driver.
So we know what the problem is. We know who contributes to the problem. It is now time for all of us to minimize distractions -- from electronic devices to rambunctious passengers -- and concentrate on keeping ourselves and others safe on the roads and highways.