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The dangers of distracted driving

Individuals in Ohio may wonder what is meant by distracted driving. There are three types of distracted driving, and they are visual, manual and cognitive. Distracted driving might include anything from eating to using a GPS system to texting, but some types of distraction are more dangerous than others. More than 1,000 people are injured and more than nine are killed daily in crashes involving a distracted driver.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study in 2011 that found that more than two-thirds of American drivers ages 18 to 64 had talked on cellphones while driving in the past 30 days and nearly one-third had sent or read texts or emails while driving. It is believed that novice drivers are more at risk. Drivers who are younger than 20 account for the most fatal crashes caused by distracted driving.

An individual who has been injured in an accident in which distracted driving is a factor may wish to consult an attorney. Even if the other driver was not doing something illegal like texting, the driver still might be considered negligent, and this may be enough for a successful lawsuit. A negligent driver is one who is not taking sufficient care. Therefore, a driver who is talking on a cellphone while traffic is heavy or during difficult weather conditions might be considered negligent.

Injuries from a car accident can be expensive, and an individual might lose time from work during recovery. A successful lawsuit may help to pay for some of those expenses.

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