September 21, 2010 04:38 PM
In the last twelve months, 5,474 deaths were attributed to drivers who were distracted by doing things such as talking on a cell phone, texting, or eating.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released their yearly numbers, and said that despite a six-percent drop in distracted-driving deaths, it still remained at an epidemic level, and distracted-driving deaths increased to 16 percent of all traffic related deaths, up from 10% in 2005.
Obviously, the best way to avoid distracted-driving accidents is to never use your cell phone while driving, something which is increasingly becoming illegal in more cities across the country. Besides the obvious benefits of saving lives, reducing distractions while driving can help keep you accident-free, thus lowering the cost of your auto insurance policy.
[Source: Bloomberg News]