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It is bad enough that the federal government estimates that 16% of all crash-related deaths in the U.S. are caused by some form of distraction. Furthermore, research from the AAA Foundation suggests that distraction is an even bigger issue than the numbers might indicate.
But the truth is, some drivers are more at risk of being involved in a car crash than others. And while the statistics might not apply to each crash, they do speak volumes.
Some drivers think that they're somehow safer drivers than others. They make up rules that make them feel like they're following the law, i.e. only texting at stoplights (which is illegal by Washington's new distracted driving law, by the way.)
Hopefully you are well familiar with this saying: driving while distracted at highway speed is like traveling the length of a football field (link is external)with your eyes closed.
Here are the most common causes of car accidents in the US. Each and every one is entirely preventable or has things that drivers can do to mitigate their risks of causing a car wreck.
Even with the newly updated distracted driving law that went into effect earlier this year in Washington State, it is technically legal to ride your bicycle and talk on your phone at the same time. Is this a good idea? Not at all.