National Safety Council Reports That Tennessee Had Highest Number of Cell Phone-Related Car Accident Deaths in 2010 and in 2011

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The National Safety Council, or NSC, recently published the results of a study concerning the use of cell phones while driving and the problem relating to the under-reporting of the statistics that detail the number of car accidents caused by this distraction. The attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates, whose Web site URL can be found at http://www.poncelaw.com, would like to help bring awareness to the study and alert the public that the findings of it indicated that Tennessee had the highest number of reported fatalities resulting from car accidents caused by the use of cell phones in the United States in both 2010 and 2011.

Michael D. Ponce & Associates is a law firm in Tennessee that handles legal matters on behalf of clients who have been wrongfully injured in car accidents, trucking accidents, pedestrian accidents, DUI accidents and crashes caused by distracted drivers. The attorneys at the firm have recently reviewed a study that was published by the National Safety Council that analyzed the potential for under-reporting the number of car accidents in the United States that are caused by cell phones. The hope is that bringing awareness to this study and to the fact that Tennessee was home to the highest number of fatalities in the United States because of car accidents caused by cell phones will encourage people to drive with more caution and focus.

Specifically, the study that was published by the National Security Council and that was partially funded by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company was entitled, “Crashes Involving Cell Phones: Challenges of Collecting and Reporting Reliable Crash Data.” The researchers analyzed the crash data of 180 different fatal accidents that occurred between 2009 and 2011, and it found that although there appeared to be evidence of cell phone use before each of these crashes that only 52 percent of them were coded as involving cell phone use in the federal database.

In addition, the study found that of the fatal car crashes that were recorded as having been caused by the use of cell phones, Tennessee had the highest number of these crashes in the United States in both 2010 and in 2011. In 2010, a total of 355 fatal car crashes in the United States were recorded as having been caused by cell phone use. 71 of those crashes occurred in Tennessee. In 2011, 350 crashes were recorded as having been caused by cell phone use across the country and 93 of them occurred in Tennessee.

“While this study indicates that there are likely some holes in the reporting of car crashes that are caused by cell phone use, it’s also clear that drivers in Tennessee need to get into the habit of putting their phones away while they are behind the wheel,” said Michael D. Ponce, partner at Michael D. Ponce & Associates.

About Michael D. Ponce & Associates

Michael D. Ponce & Associates, PLLC, whose Facebook profile can be found at the URL of https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-D-Ponce-Associates-Pllc/103442676388876?fref=ts, is a law firm comprised of Tennessee personal injury lawyers who have been handling cases on behalf of clients in legal matters including distracted driving accidents, personal injury and negligence, motorcycle accidents, car accidents, trucking accidents, pedestrian accidents, DUI accidents, premises liability, swimming pool accidents, dog bite injuries, bed bug cases, wrongful death and social security disability matters.

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