One in ten crashes sparked by distractions, study finds

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 10:30
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Almost one in ten road accidents are caused by distracted drivers, research has revealed.

A study by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and Vision Critical discovered 9% of road-users have crashed due to disturbance, with 4% of incidents resulting in injury or worse.

The research also revealed that 18% of the 500 drivers who admitted to suffering a near-miss later went on to actually having a crash.

Simon Best, Chief Executive of the IAM, said: “If you think you can multitask and drive then think again.

“Using mobile phones and other distractions were a factor in more than one hundred deaths on our roads last year, every one of them avoidable.”

“Using mobile phones and other distractions were a factor in more than one hundred deaths on our roads last year, every one of them avoidable.”

Simon Best, IAM

The biggest distractions were found to be children (29%), changing radio station (27%), back seat drivers (26%), mobile phones (24%), satellite navigation (15%) and attractive pedestrians, drivers or passengers (14%).

Drivers from London and the South East are most crash-prone, with 14% admitting distractions caused them to crash.

The lowest accident rates are in Wales (3%), Yorkshire and Humber (4%) and South West England (5%).

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