Half of American drivers on cellphones when they hit people

Nearly half of Americans surveyed were hit by a car or managed to slightly escape being hit by drivers who were talking on their mobile phones, according to a fresh report released today.

The poll of 1,004 people taken by Harris Interactive on behalf of the countrywide Mutual Insurance Company showed that 38 percent of American drivers got into car accidents or managed to just circumvent them due to other drivers being distracted while on their mobile phones.

Actual calls were not the only problem, as the enlargement in smart phones has meant that more and more people are using their phones for applications, counting services like Google Maps, while driving, creating important hazards for other road users. Social networking, or should that be not driving, was also a big factor cited in the risky driving.

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