Death by Texting
Motor vehicle collisions stand as one of the leading causes of death in North America. Teens and young adults who have recently gotten their license usually account for about one fatality every 10 minutes. Researchers from the New England Journal of Medicine have done a study on the occurrence of car crashes and the average statistics for crashes during the year shows that about one person in 50 will become involved in a motor vehicle collision. For the people who have become involved in a crash; only about 1 percent of them will die, then 10 percent will be hospitalized, and 25 percent will unfortunately become temporarily disabled. (Donald A. Redelmeier, M.D., and Robert J. Tibshirani, Ph.D., New England Journal of Medicine) Motor vehicle collisions often injure people who do not even expect the event to even take place. The causes of motor vehicle collisions are quite complicated. A common reason for crashes has been the use of cellphones while driving.
Many researchers believe that cellphone use may contribute to the high number of motor vehicle collisions that occur by distracting the drivers. Research with simulators suggests that use of the telephone can impair some aspects of driving performance. Research has now shown that; “This relative risk is similar to the hazard associated with driving with a blood alcohol level at the legal limit.”(Donald A. Redelmeier, M.D., and Robert J. Tibshirani, Ph.D., New England Journal of Medicine) However, industry-sponsored surveys have found no increased risk associated with cellphone use. This being said it still does not hide the fact that cellphone use while driving still causes a large portion of collisions.
The research was still not over. New England scientists, from the New England Journal of Medicine, then preformed the most rigorous experimental method for testing the effects of cellphone use and their possible effects...