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Teen driving distractions include homework and changing clothing

Ohio motorists may worry about distracted drivers who are using their cellphones, but a recent study indicates that teens can be distracted by more than just electronic devices when they are behind the wheel. Although they seem to have an awareness of text messaging and cellphone use as dangerous behaviors, other commonly reported activities are equally risky.

Among driving behaviors that could lead to a car accident, teens admit to applying makeup, doing homework, changing shoes or other clothing items, and changing contact lenses. Although the study in question reports a decrease in texting among teens while driving, there appears to be a lack of awareness of the risks associated with other distracted behaviors.

Experts indicate that as educational campaigns are making progress in terms of texting reduction, efforts to broaden this education may be important as multitasking in general is addressed. Teenage drivers need to understand that any type of multitasking can pull their attention from the road and affect their personal safety as well as that of other motorists. A course focusing on the dangers of multitasking behind the wheel can facilitate an improvement in the recognition of the dangers. It is agreed that the use of cellphones continues to be one of the greatest areas of concern with regard to teenage driving. However, classes and parental involvement can provide added incentive as an understanding of the issue of distracted driving in general is reinforced.

An individual who has been injured in a distracted driving accident may wonder whether pursuing a personal injury lawsuit is advisable. Accident investigation results along with other evidence could provide the confirmation needed to move forward with such an action. Potential damages could include the payment or reimbursement of all required medical care and treatment.

Source: NPR, "Teens Say They Change Clothes And Do Homework While Driving", Maanvi Singh, March 18, 2015

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