“Lost in thought” was the main cause of fatal distracted driving accidents, according to a new study.
Erie Insurance looked at 2 years of U.S. police reports for more than 65,000 fatal car accidents: 10% named distracted driving as the primary cause of the crash.
Out of those 6,500 fatal car crashes attributed to distracted driving, 62% of the at-fault drivers claimed to be simply “lost in thought”, or just generally distracted.
Is it likely that distracted driving causes only 10% of motor vehicle accidents that result in a death?
Consider the following:
Regardless, the Erie Insurance study on distracted driving is important because it reminds us to try to be as manually, visually, and cognitively focused on driving as possible.