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How many lives are lost to distracted driving?

Auto crashes have many causes and no two accidents are exactly the same. This blog has approached this topic from various angles, but it is important for drivers to understand just how widespread distracted driving is and the number of lives that this behavior claims per year. Sadly, some people do not respect the responsibilities they have as a driver and fail to pay attention to the road, putting lives at risk.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that more than 3,470 people passed away in distracted driving accidents throughout 2015. Moreover, it is estimated that 660,000 people use an electronic device, such as a cell phone or tablet, while operating their vehicle in the day. Aside from the high number of fatalities, distracted driving is also responsible for many injuries. Over 2015, 391,000 people sustained an injury due to driver distractions. Many drivers are aware of cell phones and other common sources of distraction. However, it is essential to bear in mind that all sorts of behaviors, such as turning the radio station, eating or drinking, and talking with others in the vehicle can lead to distracted driving.

Clearly, distracted driving should be taken seriously by everyone on the road. Unfortunately, reckless drivers allow a plethora of distractions to divert their attention, resulting in crashes that could injure or kill themselves and others. Once an accident has occurred, the consequences cannot be prevented. However, victims can choose to firmly stand up for their rights and take all of the necessary steps to hold the reckless driver who caused the crash accountable.

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