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Risk Institute studies ways to address distracted driving

Ohio State University's The Risk Institute has presented some research that may interest Mississippi residents who want to address distracted driving. The Risk Institute is coordinating a nationwide effort with government entities, companies and researchers in areas like engineering and behavioral science to reduce the number of distracted driving crashes.

One of the studies analyzed driver behavior and how it might be improved through incentives like insurance discounts. Researchers discovered that the more confident people are in their driving skills, the likelier it is that they will engage in distracting activities like calling, texting and using in-vehicle tech.

In another study, The Risk Institute looked at the records of 1.4 million crashes that occurred in Ohio from 2013 to 2017. It was revealed that urbanized regions experience more distracted driving crashes than rural areas do, and the length of roadway segments, their number of lanes and location all influence the crash rate. Medians and shoulders with asphalt pavement, however, reduce the risk for such crashes, and roundabouts were found to reduce crash severity.

The Institute released these findings in coordination with the observance of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, an observance that was created by the National Safety Council to be held each April. The NSC reports that 9 people die, and 100 are injured every year in America in distracted-driving-related accidents.

Car crashes that were caused by distracted driving can form the basis of a personal injury claim because the behavior is a clear form of negligence. However, it is a type of negligence that is also sometimes hard to prove. Car crash victims who believe that they were not at fault should contact George B. Ready to determine their rights and to pursue the responsible party for their injuries. 

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