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How Dangerous Is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is defined as any activity that leads a motorist to take her eyes off the road, remove her hands from the wheel, or take her mind off the activity of driving. Distracted driving includes eating, drinking, using a cell phone to talk or text, and using in-vehicle navigation devices and stereo systems. Unfortunately, these activities all too frequently cause auto accidents and death. Read on to find out more about the dangers of distracted driving.

Distracted driving

Illegal Practice

While talking on a cell phone is both illegal and distracting, texting while driving actually takes a driver’s attention off the road for even longer and may cause more accidents. In Virginia, it only recently became illegal to use a mobile device to text while driving. In fact, VA drivers can now be pulled over if a police officer simply witnesses them using a mobile device, even if they are not committing any other infraction.

Risk Factors

Younger, inexperienced drivers are at heightened risk for engaging in distracted driving behaviors. While texting while driving may be one of the more dangerous activities, young drivers are also more likely to participate in other risky behaviors such as driving under the influence of alcohol.

Dangerous Activity

Sadly, distracted driving is not only risky; it can also be fatal. In 2010, nearly one in five auto accidents that involved personal injuries involved distracted driving. In 2011, more than 3,000 people were killed in accidents caused by distracted drivers. These sobering statistics have led local, state, and even federal government agencies to take action against this serious public health problem.

Here at the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers, our auto accident lawyers do everything we can to help VA victims after serious accidents. To find out how our attorneys can help you fight for medical care and financial compensation after an injury, contact us today on the Web or give our Woodbridge office a call at (703) 330-6300. Our auto accident attorneys are available to discuss your case during a free consultation.

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