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Distracted Driving Takes Many Forms

Even if you understand the importance of avoiding distraction while driving, there is always the possibility that another driver will not exercise the same diligence and care.

With that in mind, there are things you can do to prevent trouble on the roadway. Above all else, make sure you understand the many types of distracted driving. Not only does this help you avoid trouble in your own vehicle, but it also helps you to pinpoint others who may not be paying attention to the road.

Here are some of the many types of driving distractions:

-- Texting. This is the king of driving distractions, as it takes the person's eyes off the road, hand(s) off the wheel and mind off the task of driving. Every year, thousands of deaths are caused by texting and driving. Even as drivers become increasingly aware of the risk, statistics show that distracted driving accidents are on the rise.

--- Vehicle controls. These days, technology inside vehicles can do more than ever before, and while we undoubtedly appreciate the benefits of technology, it can also be a major distraction. When a person takes his or her eyes off the road to adjust an audio system, climate setting, or GPS, it increases the likelihood of an accident.

--- Eating and drinking. This kind of activity behind the wheel may seem innocent enough, but the reality is that eating and drinking while driving are manual and cognitive distractions that can lead to serious accidents.

-- Other objects inside the vehicle. An example of this would a person reaching for a pet or a child in the backseat. Another example would be searching for an item that has gone missing under a seat. When an object moves, it's best to reach your destination before searching.

If you are involved in a distracted driving accident, you should move your car to safety and then call for help.

From there, if you have been injured, follow the guidance of your medical team.

Finally, don't wait to learn more about your legal rights. If the other driver was responsible for the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for various costs resulting from the crash, including lost wages, lost earning capacity and medical bills. By consulting with an experienced legal team, you can better understand your rights and the steps you need to take in the days, weeks and months to come.

A major benefit of having a personal injury lawyer handle your case is that you can focus on healing while your legal team negotiates with insurers and works to maximize the compensation you receive.

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