Navigation Links
Fatal Crashes Involving Cellphone Use May Be Under-Reported
Date:5/9/2013

THURSDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) -- The number of fatal crashes involving drivers distracted by cellphones is vastly under-reported in the United States, according to a new study.

National Safety Council researchers looked at 180 fatal crashes nationwide from 2009 to 2011 where evidence indicated driver cellphone use. Of the crashes in 2011, only 52 percent were labeled as cellphone-related in federal government data.

"We believe the number of crashes involving cellphone use is much greater than what is being reported," Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, said in a council news release. "Many factors -- from drivers not admitting cellphone use, to a lack of consistency in crash reports being used to collect data at the scene -- make it very challenging to determine an accurate number."

Even in cases where drivers admitted cellphone use before a fatal crash, only about half were entered as cellphone-related in the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatal Analysis Reporting System.

The study also noted that there are an unknown number of cases in which the use of cellphones in fatal crashes is impossible to determine. An example would be a driver reading an email or text message who dies in a crash without any witnesses.

There were large differences in cellphone-related fatal crashes reported by states. For example, Tennessee reported 93 fatal crashes involving cellphone use in 2011 while New York reported only one, despite its much larger population. In the same year, Texas reported 40 such cases, while neighboring Louisiana reported none.

In 2012, U.S. traffic deaths increased for the first time in seven years. Based on available data, the National Safety Council estimates that 25 percent of all crashes involved cellphone use.

"The public should be aware that cellphone-involved fatal crashes are not accurately being reported," Bill Windsor, associate vice president of consumer safety at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, said in the news release. The company partly funded the study.

"These statistics influence national prevention priorities, funding decisions, media attention, legislation and policy, even vehicle and roadway engineering. There are wide-ranging, negative ramifications to safety if a fatal crash factor is substantially under-reported, as appears to be the case of cellphone use in crashes," Windsor said.

More information

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has more about distracted driving.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: National Safety Council, news release, May 7, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Risk of suicide and fatal heart attack immediately following a cancer diagnosis
2. Tax Day May Drive Up Fatal Crash Rates
3. Tasers Can Trigger Fatal Heart Trouble: Study
4. Tasers Can Trigger Fatal Heart Trouble, Study Says
5. Even Brief Ozone Exposure May Raise Fatal Heart Risk: Study
6. Gene therapy treatment extends lives of mice with fatal disease, MU study finds
7. Fatal Car Crashes Less Likely in Major Cities, CDC Study Finds
8. Fatal bridge collapse spurs new, affordable, instant warnings
9. Weekends More Fatal for Older Patients With Head Injury: Study
10. Tap Water Use in Neti Pot Tied to Rare, Fatal Brain Infection
11. Tap Water Used in Neti Pot Tied to Rare, Fatal Brain Infection
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Fatal Crashes Involving Cellphone Use May Be Under-Reported
(Date:12/9/2016)... Heights, NY (PRWEB) , ... December 09, 2016 , ... ... Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) is recommending the film Whispering Spirits ... states and the District of Columbia as an education tool in the war against ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... ... 09, 2016 , ... An inventor from Cana, Va., wanted to fulfill the ... amusement park rides. , The patent-pending SAFETY STRAP FOR AMPUTEES improves accessibility. It eliminates ... be set up in a matter of minutes, or even seconds. The SAFETY STRAP ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... , ... December 09, 2016 , ... ... at The Pierre Hotel in New York, NY, on December 3rd, to benefit ... and physicians attended the annual event, which raised over $1 million - the ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... ... ... "I had a terrible time trying to get my grandson to use ... nebulizer had a more child-friendly design, then children would be more likely to look ... to avoid the need to deliver medication via a nebulizer mask. The design will ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Charleston, WV (PRWEB) , ... December 08, 2016 ... ... that it will become Quality Insights beginning January 1, 2017. The name ... emphasizes its commitment to measuring and improving health care quality. , “We are ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/9/2016)... DUBLIN , Dec 9, 2016 ... "High-Throughput Screening Market - Forecast to 2021" report to ... ... adoption of open innovative models in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology ... spending and rising government funding. Emerging markets and growing research ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... , Dec 9, 2016 Research and Markets ... 2016-2020" report to their offering. ... The global travel vaccines market to grow ... The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of ... size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... LONDON , Dec. 8, 2016 Australia ... GlobalData,s new report, "Australia Ophthalmic Lasers Market Outlook to ... Lasers market. The report provides value, in millions of ... within market segements - Excimer Lasers, Femtosecond Lasers and ... and distribution shares data for each of these market ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: