Last week's blog included information from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) press release that reported car accidents in the United States cost $99 billion in 2005. After digging into the actual causes of car accidents, there seems to be a discrepancy between what the public believes (or is convinced) causes car accidents and what the statistics actually show. Additionally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) believes "issues du jour" are distracting citizens and lawmakers alike from addressing the significant issues behind car accidents. Two of the predominant car accident prevention issues, in Tennessee as elsewhere, have been the recall of defective Toyota vehicles and cell phone use while driving. IIHS president Adrian Lund says, "The hypervisibility of these issues diverts attention from initiatives that have far greater potential to save lives."