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Being Distracted When Driving Leads to Serious Injuries and Deaths

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Distracted driving is a major cause of vehicle accidents, resulting in the victims suffering life-threatening injuries like traumatic brain damage, paralysis, internal organ damage, and death. According to the official U.S. government website for distracted driving, accidents caused by inattentive drivers decreased by 6.7 percent from 2012 to 2013. However, the statistics remain sobering for 2013:

  • 3,154 people were killed in distracted driving accidents.
  • 4,254 people were injured in distracted driving accidents.

Five Top Causes of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving can be anything that diverts the driver’s attention from driving. The main causes of distracted driving include:

  1. Cellphones. Talking on a cellphone or texting while driving is a lethal combination. Idaho law bans all drivers from texting and driving, and novice drivers are prohibited from talking on their cellphones.
  2. Fiddling with the radio or other vehicle equipment. Changing radio stations, using a GPS, or fiddling with the temperature controls can take a driver’s eyes off the road. Programming a GPS can be especially dangerous because it requires attention.
  3. Passengers. Drivers—especially teenagers—can easily become distracted when talking to passengers in the vehicle.
  4. Eating or drinking. Eating, drinking, and cleaning up messes can all lead a driver to take his eyes and concentration off driving, with disastrous results.
  5. Outside person or object. Looking at a person or object outside the vehicle can take the driver’s eyes from the road ahead of him. A motorist gawking at an accident can cause his own crash by his being distracted.

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