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Obsession with smart devices can create danger on the road

There was a time when your personal phone was tethered to a wire in the wall. And when you wanted to check the latest news, you had to find a newspaper or wait for an evening broadcast on the television. But now, if you carry a smartphone or other device connected to the internet, you can take a call or check the news at any minute of the day.

This mind-boggling level of interconnectivity has myriad benefits, but there is a downside to the manner in which technology has infiltrated, and even controls, our lives. According to a professor at California State University, people are becoming physically dependent on their laptops, smartphones, and smartwatches.

The professor, who wrote a book on the topic, says that people are showing such responses as tingling skin and increased heart rates when their devices sound notification alerts. Moreover, people will grow more anxious over time if they don't take a look at their screens.

Such compulsion can prove problematic in normal circumstances, but constantly giving a cell phone attention while behind the wheel creates danger for everyone on the road. When a driver focuses on a device to read a text, tweet or email, he or she is not looking at the road and it only takes split second for a high-speed tragedy to play out.

If you or a member of your family has been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a distracted driver, an experienced personal injury attorney can act on your behalf to hold the driver liable. The attorney can use a variety of investigative techniques to prove the driver was interacting with the phone at the time of the accident and could file a civil suit in an effort to help you get appropriate compensation.

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