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This study found that the risk of a crash or near-crash among novice drivers was 8x more likely if they were dialing a cell phone; 8x more likely when reaching for an object other than a cell phone; 7x more likely when reaching for a cell phone; 4x more likely when sending or receiving text messages; 4x more likely when looking at a roadside object; and 3x more likely when eating. More experienced drivers also had increased risk when distracted although this group was not studies as extensively.

N Engl J Med 2014; 370:54-59    (retrieved Feb, 2014). There are currently 999 pearls in the database. While every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, mistakes can and do occur. Use databank at your own risk. All pearls © 2020 by the Internet Medical Association. Click Here to view more medical pearls.