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Lenore Skomal is an award-winning author and veteran journalist in all forms of media. She is a weekly columnist and daily blogger for the Erie Times-News. She’s authored 17 published books, including an anthology of her columns, Burnt Toast available on her website www.lenoreskomal.net.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: April 11th, 2013
Daydreaming tops list of reasons for fatal distracted driving accidents

And you thought it was texting. According to The Trucker.com, “Erie Insurance, which noted that of the more than 65,000 people killed in car crashes over the past two years, one in 10 were in crashes where at least one of the drivers was distracted.” By daydreaming.

Which was the cause of 62 percent of distracted driving accident involving a fatality. The data is based on police reports from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a nationwide census of fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Here are the other 9 causes of fatal accidents. In note with interest that makeup application is not on this list:

2. Cellphone use (talking, listening, dialing, texting) 12 percent

3. Outside person, object or event, such as rubbernecking

4. Other occupants (talking with or looking at other people in car), 5 percent

5. Using or reaching for device brought into the vehicle, such as navigational device, headphones, 2 percent

6. Eating or drinking, 2 percent

7. Adjusting audio or climate controls, 2 percent

8. Using other device/controls integral to vehicle, such as adjusting rear view mirrors, seats or using OEM navigation system, 1 percent

9. Moving object in vehicle, such as pet or insect, 1 percent

10. Smoking related (include smoking, lighting up, putting ashes in ashtray

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