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Taking a closer look at distracted driving

Whether another driver checks his or her phone or loses focus because he or she is talking to someone else in the vehicle, you could find yourself in the middle of a distracted driving crash for a host of reasons. Sadly, even if you remain alert and pay attention to the road, another driver’s carelessness could cause an accident that turns your life upside down.

On the road, distracted driving causes many injuries and deaths, and the victims of these collisions deserve justice.

Statistics on distracted driving

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distracted driving claimed more than 2,800 lives in the U.S. during 2018, and resulted in 400,000 injuries (based on estimates). Moreover, a study found that during 2019, 39% of young drivers in high school admitted to texting or emailing behind the wheel in the last 30 days.

Research shows that when a driver travels at 55 miles per hour, they can travel the distance of a football field in the amount of time it takes them to read or send a text message. Even brief distractions pose a serious risk to the safety of everyone on the road.

Examples of distracted driving

Distracted driving takes a number of different forms. Some distractions cause drivers to take their minds off of the road, while others result in taking hands off of the wheel or eyes away from the road. Aside from using a phone, some drivers become distracted while trying to use a GPS, eating, adjusting the radio or looking at something outside of their vehicle. Distracted drivers must answer for the consequences of a crash they cause.

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