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Teens most often involved in texting-while-driving accidents

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Teen drivers are more likely to be seriously injured or die in a distracted driving accident and texting while driving is becoming the leading cause of those accidents.

In a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study of distracted driving, teenage drivers were identified as the group most likely to be involved in an automobile accident because their focus was diverted from the road. Teens were four-times as likely to be involved in such an accident, NHTSA reports, over more experienced drivers.

These numbers back findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which found as many as 40 percent of all teen drivers have admitted to carrying on cell phone conversations while they drove. Additionally, among those teens, 25 percent of them say they text or email while behind the wheel of an automobile.

Distracted driving has accounted for tens of thousands of deaths and even more serious injuries, with a drastic increase reported in recent years. A recent study found more than 16,000 deaths could be attributed to texting while driving between 2002 and 2007.

At least 40 state governments have passed some form of law banning the practice of texting while driving at any age and stricter enforcement of these laws are aimed at reducing the number of deaths and injuries blamed on distracted driving.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Teens most often involved in texting-while-driving accidents was posted on Friday, November 4th, 2011 at 7:02 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Accident Lawsuits.

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