According to a recent study by the National Safety Council, Tennessee ranks worst in the country for fatal cell phone-related crashes.
In 2010, there were 355 reported crashes caused by cell phone use in the United States, 71 of which occurred in Tennessee.
In 2011, the number rose for the state, but dropped for the country overall.
Out of 350 fatal crashes resulting from cell phone use nationwide, Tennessee had 93.
The report, however, also notes that cell phone involvement is not always included as a crash factor in national fatal crash data.
Not only does this mean that numbers could be skewed, but it also that cell phone related accidents are not given the attention they deserve.
“There is strong evidence to support that [there is] under-reporting of driver cell phone use in crashes resulting in a substantial under-estimation of the magnitude of this public safety threat,” the report reads.
However, the study goes on to say that the way crash data is collected regarding cell phone use is changing.
“National, state and local organizations are taking steps to improve collection of crash data about driver cell phone use. These findings show data collection may be improving in recent years,” the NSC explained.
To read the full study on crashes involving cell phones, and the issues of collecting and reporting reliable data, visit NSC.org.