Virginia ranked #5 for the highest number of distracted driving accidents

According to a recent study by Zutobi, Virginia ranked 5th for the highest number of accidents related to distracted driving.  Quoting from their report: “Distracted driving is defined as driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving.  Due to the nature of being less focused on driving, distracted driving will drastically increase the chance of being involved in a motor vehicle crash. At 100 mph, being distracted for just 1 second will mean the vehicle travels 146 feet.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) divides the most common driver distractions into several categories – these include distractions that happen inside the vehicle and distractions that occur outside the vehicle. The most common cause of distracted driving involves the use of cell phones.

About 8% of crashes with injuries can be attributed to cell phones, with the percentage growing in relation to the severity of the accident – for example, cell phones can be attributed to 13% of fatal distracted driving accidents in 2019. This is not surprising, since cell phone use will directly impact your ability to react to hazards.  Texting while driving on average takes about five seconds according to the NHTSA – if you’re driving 55 mph, that’s the same as driving the entire length of a football field with your eyes closed.”

The study found New Mexico had the worst driving statistics while Georgia ranked the best. Virginia’s statistics showed that accidents in the state ranked 5th highest in the ratio of distracted driving deaths.

The full study and report can be found here

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