The Risk Institute at Ohio State University recently conducted a study that reveals crashes caused by distracted drivers tend to be more severe than other types of accidents. The severity of the crashes also seems to vary based on the setting in which they occur, which indicates more attention should be paid to how various roadways are designed.
Distracted driving clearly increases the chances that a driving accident will cause severe injury and death. Roundabouts help to reduce the risks of accidents because they force drivers to pay closer attention while they are on the road. More targeted law enforcement could also help the problem.
Ohio State University decided to investigate after a distracted driver in Florida struck and killed a fifty-three-year-old cyclist and injured six others. Apparently, the driver was distracted by something in the car and sun glare on her windshield. The cyclist was a mother of two and a recent graduate of Broward College.
About nine percent of fatal crashes in 2016 alone were the result of distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.