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Distracted driving car accidents still a pressing worry

In Kentucky and throughout the United States, drivers seemingly cannot resist the urge to grab their cellphones at the first opportunity. These distracted driving behaviors take place regardless of lawmakers and law enforcement entrusting drivers not to do so because of the danger of car accidents accompanying the practice. People can do many things on their cellphones and as a new study indicates, the latest trend is that people are shunning talking on the phone and simply use it to perform other tasks.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, researchers had a 57 percent greater chance of seeing drivers who had their cellphones in their hand, but were using it for reasons other than making calls. These tasks included emailing, texting and more. In its study, IIHS stationed researchers at various locations in Virginia to gauge driver behaviors with cellphones. This is a similar study to one it conducted in 2014. Its results show that drivers are behaving in a riskier way with their devices. When comparing the studies, there was not a rise in overall distracted driving, but drivers are doing different things with their devices than they did in the past when talking on the phone was more prevalent.

It is believed that people who are using a cellphone when driving are at 66 percent higher risk of being in a fatal accident. With that, more than 800 fatalities in 2017 are believed to have been due to drivers using their devices for texting and other activities. In the report, the danger of people driving while distracted was highlighted. The focus necessary to send and read messages is different from simply talking on the phone, which despite its propensity to cause distraction still allows drivers to look at the road. People can also be distracted by other factors such as passengers, eating, changing a navigational device and smoking.

It is known how distracted driving can lead to car accidents, but with the changing dynamics of how people are distracted, the new trend for people to use their cellphones for reasons other than talking makes it clear that drivers must be cognizant of what they might encounter on the road. Car accidents can lead to major injuries, hospitalizations, lost time at work and even death. After a crash, it is imperative to have legal assistance to investigate the circumstances and garner evidence to pursue compensation in a legal claim. A law firm that helps people who have been impacted by car accidents should be contacted for advice immediately after a crash.

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