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Drivers who decide that other activities take precedence while they are driving are ones who can quickly cause a fatality or a serious accident. All drivers must ensure that they are mentally and physically ready to drive when they start the engine.

Distracted driving is fully preventable. This is one reason why it is so heartbreaking when innocent people suffer because of these drivers.

Why is distracted driving so dangerous?

Distracted driving is dangerous because the driver's attention isn't on the heavy vehicle they are in control of. For a driver who is going at 55 miles per hour, checking a text could mean traveling the entire length of a football field if it takes only five seconds to read the message. This is a lot of distance in which an accident can occur.

What drivers are more at risk of becoming distracted?

Young drivers are at an increase risk of becoming distracted, which is why many states have moved to a graduated driver's license program. But, it is possible for any driver to become distracted. Common distractions include phones, radios, other passengers and food. Putting on makeup, personal grooming and reading billboards can also distract drivers.

What should someone in a distracted driving accident do?

A person who is struck by a distracted driver should get medical care if he or she needs it. Once everything is taken care of there, they might decide that they are going to seek compensation. This can help to get the cost of the medical care and other damages covered if the claim is successful.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Distracted Driving," accessed March 15, 2018

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