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Smartphones are killing Americans, but nobody's counting fatalities

In 2015, there were 32,166 fatal car crashes on US roads

Kyle Stock Lance Lambert & David Ingold | Bloomberg 

Jennifer Smith doesn’t like the term ‘accident.’ It implies too much chance and too little culpability. A ‘crash’ killed her mother in 2008, she insists, when her car was broadsided by another vehicle while on her way to pick up cat food. The other driver, a 20-year-old college student, ran a red light while talking on his mobile phone, a distraction that he immediately admitted and cited as the catalyst of the fatal event.  “He was remorseful,” Smith, now 43, said. “He never changed his story.” Yet in federal ...

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First Published: Tue, October 17 2017. 23:47 IST