Photo via Will Merydith/Flickr.

Photo via Will Merydith/Flickr.

Distracted cellphone use now plays a role in 26 percent of all motor vehicle accidents, the National Safety Council has reported in its annual Injury Facts report.

Drivers talking on handheld or hands-free phones were a factor in 21 percent of crashes, while texting played a part in 5 percent of crashes, the council reported on March 25. Both numbers represent an increase over the prior year.

In 2012, teen motor vehicle occupant deaths fell, but vehicle crashes remain the top cause of death for teens.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the report, visit the National Safety Council's website here.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet