Alarming Dashcam Footage Suggests Distracted Driving Causes More Than Half Of All Teen Crashes

March 26, 2015 6:55 AM

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Alarming Dashcam Footage Suggests Distracted Driving Causes More Than Half Of All Teen Crashes

The group says it analyzed nearly 1,700 dashcam videos capturing the actions of teen drivers in the moments before an accident. Alarmingly, distracted driving was found to be a factor in 58 percent, or nearly 6 out of 10, moderate to severe crashes. The most common distractions were interacting with other passengers (found in 15 percent of crashes caused by distracted driving) and cellphone use (12 percent), AAA said.

As the Los Angeles Times notes, the 58 percent figure in the study is significantly larger than earlier findings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has said previously that distraction is a factor in just 14 percent of all teen driver crashes. The federal agency says it’s “...

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