Alarming 60% of Teen Crashes Linked to Distracted Driving

A disturbing new video shows teen drivers veering off-course after being distracted.

According to an AAA report, “6 out of 10 teen crashes involve driver distraction,” with 27 percent of these accident cause by the driver interacting with one or more passengers or using a cellphone.

The video shows two frames at once—one depicting the direction in which the car was going and the other showing the driver. The clips all show the driver becoming distracted before the car begins to veer off course, Mad World News reports.

Usually the car either hits something or almost hits something, resulting in a drastic swerve before the car slides off the road. Since teens are the largest group involved in driver-distracted accidents, AAA decided to go that route with the video.


According to AAA:

The unprecedented video analysis finds that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes, which is four times as many as official estimates based on police reports.

Researchers analyzed the six seconds leading up to a crash in nearly 1,700 videos of teen drivers taken from in-vehicle event recorders. The results showed that distraction was a factor in 58 percent of all crashes studied, including 89 percent of road-departure crashes and 76 percent of rear-end crashes.

AAA explains that they reviewed 6,842 clips of distracted teen drivers before choosing these as the cream of the crop. The number of clips available proves how severe this problem is.

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