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How dangerous is distracted driving?

The term distracted driving indicates that a driver's attention is diverted from the task of driving. In today's busy world, our attention is often diverted in many areas, so some Dallas residents may wonder - how dangerous is distracted driving really? The reality is that it can be a tremendously dangerous activity leading to serious car crashes.

Distracted driving includes diversion of a driver's attention away from the act of driving by any number of a wide range of activities. Some activities that may distract a driver include using a navigation system, texting, eating or drinking, or even talking to other passengers. Many of us have heard of the dangers of texting and driving, but the idea that talking to other passengers may be dangerous may be unfamiliar to many. Tasks that are both visual and manual, such as dialing on a cell phone or texting, are perhaps the most risky, though, because they distract drivers' hands and eyes, as well as their brains. These types of activities make the risk of car accidents three times more likely.

Distracted drivers accounted for the deaths of over 3,000 people in car accidents in 2013. Additionally, distracted driving accounted for injuries of approximately 424,000 people in 2013, an increase from the prior year. Young drivers are most at risk for distraction. Of the drivers under the age of 20 that were involved in fatal crashes, 10 percent of those drivers were distracted.

An individual driver can make sure that he or she takes the steps necessary to keep his or her attention on the road and away from distractions, but, unfortunately, a driver does not have control over all of the other drivers on the road. If a person has received serious injuries due to an accident with a distracted driver, he or she may have options for legal recovery. An attorney may be able to explore the options with an injured person.

Source: Distraction.gov, "What is distracted driving?", accessed July 3, 2015

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