Car Accidents and Cell Phones

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Data regarding car accidents involving cell phone use and texting while driving has been limited in the past, but its slowly becoming available to the public. The results should make it clear that cell phone usage and texting while driving is a dangerous combination. Dr. Edward Hill explains more in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

While the popularity of mobile phones has grown enormously in the past two decades, its still unclear how greatly cell phone calls and texting contribute to car crashes. What is clear is that talking on the phone and texting behind the wheel both lead to distraction, and driver inattention is the leading cause of car accidents.

In 2008, at any given moment, over 800,000 Americans were texting, making calls or using a handheld cell phone while driving during the daytime. Despite the risks, the majority of teen drivers and many adults ignore cell phone driving restrictions.

Here are some other statistics uncovered by recent studies.

Talking on a cell phone while driving can make a young drivers reaction time as slow as that of a 70-year-old.

Over 60 percent of American teens admit to risky driving, and nearly half of those that admit to risky driving also admit to text messaging behind the wheel.

Texting while driving is about six times more likely to result in an accident than driving while intoxicated.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.