In 2010, the National Safety Council issued a press release stating that at least 1.6 million accidents per year involve drivers who are texting while driving. However, although the accidents caused by texting and driving are the most notorious kinds of cell phone-induced car accidents, they are not the only ones. A cell phone that has fallen to the floor, is floating aimlessly in the passenger's seat or is buried under mounds of paper and ringing is often just as likely to cause an accident as texting or talking while driving. Drivers inevitably look for or reach for the lost phone and, in the process, distract themselves for just long enough to drift into another lane or fail to brake in time.
Phone holders for cars don't eliminate poor choices while driving, but they at least minimize the probability of a phone being in the wrong place at the wrong time. With a car phone holder, the driver at least knows exactly where the phone is and will never find himself or herself reaching for an errant phone.