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Every year, somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 people die in car accidents in the United States. A lot of research goes into finding out why these crashes happen, in an effort to prevent them. Top reasons include things like drunk driving or texting and driving. 

But it may be useful to look at something that is a bit more common. Is the radio really costing lives?

Any driver distractions can be dangerous

The truth is that radio use appears detrimental in studies done on the level of distraction it creates. In one study, 71% of drivers with the radio off noticed a changing environment in a driving simulator. Those listening to the news on the radio only noticed the same changes at a vastly lower rate: 23%. 

The study also noted that drivers who have the radio on during their travels:

  • Often forgot events that happened on the road
  • Did not remember other cars around them or passing them
  • Failed to obey the traffic control signs on the side of the road
  • Exhibited a smaller amount of safe driving habits
  • Demonstrated notably slower reaction times

All told, it was clear that just having the radio on made people measurably worse drivers. When you consider that most drivers have the radio on in some capacity — listening to music, the news, sports, etc — it makes you wonder how much safer the roads would be if everyone would just turn the radio off. 

After a crash

If you get injured in an accident with a distracted driver, it is very important to consider all of the legal options you have to seek compensation. Your injuries and losses may be significant, so don’t hesitate to seek help with your claim.