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Distracted driving: An ongoing safety threat

Despite the well-known dangers of distracted driving, it continues to be a problem that threatens the health and safety of every California driver. Drivers who are distracted while operating a moving vehicle often display some of the same behaviors as drunk drivers, and studies show that this type of irresponsible behavior is not going away.

Who is at risk?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, distracted driving is most common for drivers in younger age groups. Drivers under the age of 20 are responsible for the largest proportion of the total amount of fatal distracted driving crashes. Many teen drivers admit to texting and driving, but this is hardly the only type of distraction. Younger drivers are often associated with the following distractions while driving:

  • Putting on makeup or eating
  • Talking with passengers
  • Adjusting the radio or other electronic device
  • Using phone apps, such as Snapchat or FaceTime

While young drivers are certainly not the only age group prone to distracted driving, they may be less aware of the extreme danger of this type of behavior.

Recognizing the signs of distracted driving

Recognizing the indicators of distracted driving may help you avoid unnecessary dangers and decrease the risk that you will be involved in an accident. You can identify potentially distracted drivers by some of the following behaviors:

  • Swerving
  • Abruptly changing lanes
  • Driving at erratic speeds
  • Failing to properly yield or stop at an intersection
  • Following too closely

Like drunk driving, distracted driving is completely preventable and irresponsible. Victims of this type of negligent and reckless behavior would be wise to take the appropriate steps necessary to hold these drivers accountable for their actions.

What to do if you are a victim

If you are involved in an accident and you suspect that distracted driving is to blame, you have options. By working with an experienced attorney, you can build a strong civil claim and work to obtain the compensation you need for a full and fair recovery.

Early investigation is critical to the success of your claim. By taking quick action, your attorney can gather and preserve evidence, such as phone records, to determine your legal options. It is possible to hold distracted drivers accountable for your pain and suffering, securing the restitution you deserve for your medical bills and other losses.

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