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Distracted driving puts everyone on the road at risk

Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle or riding as a passenger in one is an act that involves some danger. There is always the risk of a crash or collision, which goes up in certain circumstances. Bad weather, low visibility, clogged roads during rush hour traffic and impaired drivers are just some of the many factors that can increase your risk of a serious collision.

Another, frighteningly common, danger on the road is the distracted driver. While there have always been distracted drivers operating vehicles, the rise of smartphones and text-based communication have made it even more common. While solutions are in the works, people are still using smartphones and mobile devices while driving.

When people drive distracted, they risk their own health and well-being, as well as the safety of everyone else on the road. If you suspect distraction in a crash, make sure you advise law enforcement of that fact when making your statement.

People die every day due to distracted drivers

In 2015, the most recent year with statistics on record, there were at least 3,477 deaths related to distracted driving in the United States. There were another 391,000 people injured in crashes with distracted drivers.

When someone else isn't paying attention to the road and causes a crash, you have the right to hold that person accountable for those bad decisions. Whether you suffered injuries or lost a loved on in a collision caused by distraction, you may have the option of bringing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the driver responsible for the crash. Even if there were no criminal charges related to the crash, a civil lawsuit may still prove successful in New York courts.

There are many forms of distraction

When you think of distracted driving, you probably think of people making calls, reading text messages or updating social media while at the wheel. That is certainly one very common form of distraction, but it isn't the only one. It's also the form of distraction that is often easiest to prove, as there will be cellphone records of the text, data usage or phone calls that can help confirm the fact that the driver responsible for the crash was on his or her phone at the time.

Other forms of distraction may be harder to prove, but no less dangerous for that difficulty. People can also take their eyes off the road to adjust the radio, CD player, digital music player or a passenger DVD entertainment system. Others may try to change the heat or air conditioning in the vehicle. Sometimes, an item rolls off the seat onto the floor, causing the driver to reach for it. Other common forms of distraction including eating, drinking, smoking, arguing or talking with passengers, applying makeup or adjusting clothing.

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