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Study Finds Technology To Blame For Driver Distractions In Car Accidents


Distracted drivers might be responsible for up to 75% of the accidents on Britainís roads, according to a study from Herriot-Watt University which looked into the main factors responsible for causing accidents.

Using an anonymous questionnaire, the Herriot-Watt researchers asked a sample of motorists about things that distracted them whilst they were driving. At the top of the list, some 52% of people who completed the survey admitted to being distracted by their mobile phone while driving, with around 40% saying they had written a text. Other gadgets such as Sat-Nav systems and MP3 players were cited as major distractions.

Car Accidents Caused by Distractions
Many road accident compensation claims are made for people injured in accidents caused by another motorist becoming distracted. A small lapse in concentration can have very serious consequences whilst driving, as it could lead to loss of control of the vehicle and either colliding with another vehicle or being involved in some other type of road traffic accident.

The message from this study is clear, by minimising the in-car distractions this will lessen the chances of being involved in a potentially catastrophic accident. Simple actions such as switching mobile phones off whilst in the car will leave people free to concentrate on driving.


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