Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of fatalities in the United States. Additionally, millions of motorists receive treatment in emergency departments every year for serious injuries they sustain in motor vehicle accidents. One of the most significant contributing factors to these accidents is driver cellphone use.Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests nearly 10 percent of US drivers were using a cellphone behind the wheel at any given time during daylight hours in one recent year. Other studies have found that using a cellphone while driving is associated with a substantially greater risk of crashes.As handheld phones have become ever more prevalent, many states have begun to acknowledge the risks and take steps to ban cellphone use while driving. A recent study published in the journal Epidemiology compared traffic fatality rates in states with and without handheld cellphone bans to determine whether these bans are linked to decreases in traffic fatalities.
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