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Study reveals new distracted driving dangers

The dangers of a car accident associated with using a cellphone, sending text messages or taking part in other activities while driving have been researched and documented for many years. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently released the first research conducted in 10 years on the health effects of distracted driving which revealed even more dangers.

Motorists speaking on a cellphone are four times as likely to be involved in a car accident. The AAA also found that drivers who text or surf the internet while driving are two to eight times more likely to become involved in a collision.

Drivers show more acceptance of hands-free cellphones while driving by 65.9 percent to 28.6 percent. However, both technologies are distracting to drivers and the use of a hands-free device did not lower the risk of a crash.

Other reports have shown the dangers posed by distracted driving. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that there are more than eight fatalities and 1,161 injuries each day attributed to distracted driving.

AAA research also reveals the inconsistency between the number of motorists who disapprove of distracted driving but who still engage in the use of cellphones or other distracting behavior. Over 66 percent of drivers claim that it is unacceptable for drivers to talk on a hand-held phone while driving. However, almost 33 percent still admit that they do this regularly or often.

Over 80 percent of drivers also said that they recognize the safety threat posed by e-mailing or texting and driving while 93.7 percent found it unacceptable to type a text or email while driving.

Victims of a reckless driver engaged in these distractions may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, lost wages and other losses. An attorney can help assure that these cases may be pursued through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

Source: The Denver Post, "Cellphone use dramatically increases crash risk, new AAA study says," By Kieran Nicholson, Jan. 10, 2018

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