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Distracted driving poses significant dangers

Our society is one that is always on the go. Though this may be good for our economy and cultural growth, it means many Tennesseans are having to multitask just to finish their daily duties. This often happens when individuals are behind the wheel. They may be talking on the phone, texting, checking email, eating or even grooming. These drivers, sometimes without even realizing it, are significantly increasing the risk that they will cause a car accident and, perhaps, injuries and death.

In 2013, more than 3,000 individuals were killed in wrecks involving a distracted driver. Another 400,000 were injured in these wrecks. Although the cause of these accidents can vary, cell phone usage is of significant concern. Studies have shown that at any given time, about 660,000 people are using a cell phone or another electronic device while driving.

This is a big deal because taking one's eyes off the road for even five seconds can allow a car to travel a great distance. In fact, if a car is traveling at 55 miles per hour, that car would cover the length of a football field in five seconds. Therefore, those hundreds of thousands of Americans that are operating a vehicle while using an electronic device are essentially driving with periodic blindness.

Unfortunately, distracted driving does not seem to be going anywhere soon. Though victims of accidents caused by distracted driving may not be able to prevent the accident itself, they may be able to take legal action to recover their losses. By discussing the matter with an experienced legal professional, these victims may be able to better assess whether filing a personal injury lawsuit is right for them.

Source: Distraction.gov, "Facts and Statistics," accessed on Nov. 6, 2015

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