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Defining distracted driving and how to prevent it

Although many Kentucky drivers are aware that distracted driving is hazardous and can result in car accidents. However, some drivers may not be aware that distracted driving was a factor in 3,477 car accident fatalities in 2015 alone. By understanding exactly what distracted driving is and how to eliminate it.

Distracted driving is defined as any action that takes the driver's attention away from the road in front of them. These actions include talking on the phone, texting, using the vehicle's entertainment system and even talking to other passengers in the car. Texting is considered to be one of the most dangerous activities as it can divert the driver's eyes from the road for five or more seconds, meaning the driver may drive an entire length of a football field without looking at the road if the vehicle is traveling 55 miles per hour.

There are many ways that drivers and passengers can help prevent distracted driving. For example, parents can exhibit good driving behavior for their children by never driving distracted. They can also discuss the consequences of distracted driving when they start teaching their children to drive. Teens themselves can speak up if they see their friends and family members driving while distracted.

While there are many drivers who stay alert and drive as safely as possible; they can still become involved in serious car accidents if other drivers decide to text and drive. Common car accident injuries that a person could suffer includes a brain injury, injuries to the spinal cord and broken bones. Even if the car accident appears to be minor, a person could be out of work for weeks or even months. A personal injury attorney may use evidence gathered from the crash to prove that the other driver was liable for the incident. The attorney may also assist with seeking compensation for the person's injuries.

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