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Distractions on the road can be deadly for all drivers

Though driving is one of the most common behaviors people across the country engage in on a daily basis, it is also one of the most dangerous ones. As technology evolves, driving has become safer but there are still a number of factors that exist to make the roadways unsafe for everyone on the road. Distracted driving is one of those factors and a crash caused by a distracted driver is one that could be avoided entirely if the driver had been paying attention to the road.

It might surprise Illinois residents to know that in 2016 alone, almost 3500 people died in car accidents involving distracted drivers and 391,000 became injured in them in 2015. One of the most common forms of distracted driving is texting and driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that around 481,000 drivers use their cellphones while they are behind the wheel. Then largest age group engaging in this highly risky behavior was teens.

While texting and driving is perhaps the most important form of distracted driving, there are a number of other forms of it. Any activity that takes a driver's attention off of the road could be considered distracted driving. This could include eating while behind the wheel, talking to other people in the vehicle, and even fiddling with the stereo could count as distractions. While many don't realize it, even thinking about what to make for dinner or an argument with a co-worker is distracting even though one's eyes never leave the road-one's mind is still wandering.

A personal injury sustained in a car accident, especially one that could have been avoided if the other driver had been paying attention to the road, is frustrating for an accident victim and might be compensable through a civil suit. An experienced attorney may be able to discuss legal options with those injured in a crash.

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