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How dangerous is distracted driving?

Many different hazards can result in an auto crash, from speeding to drivers who choose to get behind the wheel after drinking. However, distracted driving can be especially risky and many people are not aware of just how dangerous distracted driving is. Whether you regularly drive yourself, or ever find yourself riding in a car with someone who might become distracted, it is important to watch out for this potentially perilous behavior.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 3,400 people passed away as a result of distracted driving throughout 2015. In fact, crashes that had a distracted driver also caused 391,000 people to sustain an injury. There are many different distractions that can take a driver’s attention off the road, increasing the chances of an accident. For example, a driver may become distracted when they attempt to turn the radio station, carry on a conversation with one of their passengers, or find something on the floor. Other potential distractions include cell phone use, such as receiving or sending texts, eating, or trying to find directions.

At any given time during the day, roughly 660,000 people are operating a vehicle while using a cell phone in the U.S. Many of the people who drive while using cell phones are teenagers, but people of all ages can become distracted by cell phones. If you have been involved in a crash that happened because a driver was distracted, it is vital to immediately look over your options and have him or her held responsible. 

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