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What everyone needs to know about distracted driving

There are approximately nine victims killed each day in the United States in car accidents involving distracted driving and another 1,000 are injured. Distracted driving increases the risk of a car accident. In general, distracted driving is considered any activity that removes the driver's attention from driving.

There are three primary types of distracted driving, including cognitive distraction, manual distraction and visual distraction. There are different examples of each. Cognitive distraction can include having conversations with passengers or accessing the internet on a cell phone, which remove the driver's mind from the task at hand. Manual distraction can include operating a radio or GPS device, cell phone or grooming while driving, which remove the driver's hands from the steering wheel. Visual distractions can include looking for a cell phone while driving or reading a text while driving.

Texting while driving is considered the most dangerous form of distracted driving because it combines all three types of distraction. The time it takes to send or read a text message is five seconds, which is like traveling the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour. Texting while driving, or engaging in any distracted driving behavior, is dangerous on the roadway and creates the risk of a car accident.

Victims of car accidents may wind up with medical expenses, lost wages and emotional damages as a result of an unexpected car accident caused by a distracted driver. Fortunately, personal injury legal protections can help car accident victims seek compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages when a negligent driver has harmed them, so it is helpful to be familiar with the personal injury remedies that are available.

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