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Distracted driving accidents are far too common in this country

People can die when drivers are distracted. This is just the harsh reality of the situation. There are many different things that can distract drivers. All drivers must make sure that they don't fall into the habit of driving while distracted because doing so can lead to tragedy.

When a person is traveling at 55 mph, they travel the length of a football field in only five seconds. Think about that for a minute. Five seconds isn't a long time. In fact, it is about the time that it takes a person to read a text or to send a short reply to a text.

Drivers who are driving faster or are distracted for longer can travel longer distances. Each inch of roadway that is driven while a driver is distracted is a chance that an accident will occur.

The prevalence of distracted driving accidents can't be ignored. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that there were 391,000 people injured in distracting driving accidents in 2015. There were also 3,477 people killed in these preventable accidents.

Anyone on the road must realize that using a phone to text isn't the only distraction that drivers face. They can be distracted by billboards on the side of the road, other passengers, eating, grooming and changing the radio station are some other actions that might lead to distractions.

Determining the cause of the distraction might be necessary for victims who are injured and opt to seek compensation. This can take some investigation; however, it could prove to be a crucial piece of evidence in the case.

Source: United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Distracted Driving," accessed Sep. 28, 2017

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