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Researchers consider why drivers see texting and driving as safe

Pennsylvanians are keenly aware of the dangers of distracted driving even if they have not been in a car accident because of it. Continuous campaigns from lawmakers and research agencies make certain that everyone is perfectly cognizant of how risky it is to drive while distracted. However, that does not get to the crux of the problem as to why people who are doing it. Texting and driving and distracted driving crashes are still rising. Those who are in a crash with a person who is believed to have been distracted behind the wheel should be aware of potential reasons to use this information as part of a legal filing.

Studies show that drivers across the nation will use their phones in 88 percent of the trips they take via car. More than half of young drivers say that they had read or typed on their phone while driving during the previous month. The foundation for drivers taking part in this acknowledged risky behavior is that they do not believe it is dangerous. Researchers say that when people used their phones while driving, their belief that it is safer than accident studies indicate emanates from practical experience. Since they believe they can multitask, they add phone use to their behavior when driving.

Those who think they will automatically turn their attention away from their phone to the road if it is necessary to do so are contradicted by reality. People are frequently reinforcing their behavior of touching and using their phone behind the wheel and are not consciously aware of doing it. It takes close to 30 seconds to get the brain back on the different task of driving after looking at the phone. This can result in traveling a significant distance without paying attention.

Despite steps being taken to reduce the number of people who are driving while distracted, the problem is continuing to get worse. Regardless of why people are doing it, the reality is there can be major accidents with severe injuries and fatalities because of the practice. When there is a car crash and it is believed to have been due to a distracted driver, there can be medical costs, lost time at work and even death. Those who have been affected should be aware of their right to seek compensation in a legal filing by discussing the case with an attorney experienced in car accidents.

Source: time.com, "Why We Can't Stop Texting and Driving," Steve Casner, Dec. 18, 2017

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