Researchers warn of increased risk of deadly car crashes during solar eclipse

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According to new research published by JAMA Internal Medicine, there was an increase in deadly crashes during the 2017 solar eclipse. Around the time of the eclipse there was an average of one extra person involved in a crash every 25 minutes compared to control days, and there was an extra crash fatality every 95 minutes. Researchers say the spike is likely caused by more traffic on the road, people driving on unfamiliar routes, drivers speeding to arrive on time, and driver distractions. The increased risk is similar to the increased number of crashes that happens on holidays like Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July, researchers noted.

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Maria Wojtczak
Maria Wojtczak is Chief Operating Officer at DrivingMBA. She has extensive knowledge in teen brain development and has pioneered many techniques used to teach students at DrivingMBA. Her passion for teaching and saving teen lives has made her a leader in the driver training industry.

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