NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search
Know the hazards of driver distraction.
Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Portland, OR: Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation, 2010 Oct; :1-2
Driver distraction is a factor in at least one-fourth of all crashes. Often, drivers are looking at an object in their lap or on the seat next to them. Glances away from the forward roadway for 2 seconds doubles the risk of a crash. Short driving-related glances at rear-view mirrors or outside conditions reduce the risk of a crash. Dialing is more dangerous than talking on a cell phone, but talking lasts longer, so both activities contribute about the same to the number of crashes.
Drivers; Accident-prevention; Accident-statistics; Transportation-industry; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Risk-factors
Know the Hazards of Driver Distraction
Public Health Services, Portland, Oregon
Page last reviewed: December 11, 2020Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division