Hands-free is not risk free! Distractions are a top factor in fatal car crashes, and the percent of these fatal crashes is increasing, not decreasing. Reversing a 40-year trend of decrease, in 2015 fatal vehicle crashes were up 7.5% and up 8% in 2016.
According to Accident Attorneys, a National Safety and Legal Resource for personal injury attorneys and those seeking such legal assistance, improved car safety technology and driver education contributed to the decrease in fatalities in past years. As gas prices have dropped and use of electronic devices while driving has increased, the increase of roadway deaths has also increased.
The NHTSA reports that 10 percent of all fatal crashes involving young drivers (ages 16 to 24) resulted from distracted driving.
Provided by The National Safety Council