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How dangerous is distracted driving?

From cell phone use to communicating with other people who are riding in the vehicle, drivers can become distracted for a smorgasbord of reasons. Sometimes, drivers become distracted but do not cause a crash, which happens often. Sadly, this can cause some people to forget just how dangerous distracted driving really is. From the loss of life to permanent injuries and financial problems, these crashes take place too often and upend the lives of many people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that more than 3,400 lives were cut short in distracted driving crashes over the course of 2015. During the same year, 391,000 people were hurt in accidents involving a distracted driver. Sadly, more people passed away due to distracted driving crashes in 2015 when compared to previous years, such as 2010, when 3,092 fatalities occurred. Moreover, a large number of the overall traffic accident fatalities involve distracted drivers. In 2015, 35,092 people passed away in a motor vehicle crash and thousands of these lives may have been saved if drivers would have made sure to avoid any distractions while behind the wheel.

Regrettably, it is inevitable that thousands of lives will be lost in the coming years because of crashes that happen due to distractions. For victims of these wrecks, and their families, it is pivotal to examine any options that can help them recover. Drivers who fail to pay proper attention to the road while operating a vehicle must be held accountable if they cause an accident that shatters an innocent person’s life.

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