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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Each year, thousands of people are killed due to distracted driving. Many drivers feel that if they are using hands-free technology or the infotainment technology that manufacturers installed in their vehicles, then they are safe. Recent studies, though, have shown that technologies such as these continue to distract your brain -- even after you are no longer using them.

The top distraction for drivers are cellphones. Each day, these devices are used for long periods of time and while you may see several drivers each day that are on their phones while driving, when it's you, you may not realize that you are being unsafe.

There are several states that have laws against being on a cellphone or other mobile device while you are driving. But some states allow hands-free technology and devices. Drivers may feel that if the actions are allowed, then they must be safe. But that is simply not the case.

You may feel that you are a wonderful multi-tasker and that you can drive and have a conversation on a cellphone without difficulty. You might not see a traffic signal or you may brake too late to avoid an accident when half your brain is thinking about the cellphone conversation you are having.

While we know that being involved in a crash with a driver who is talking on the cellphone happens frequently, we also think that this distracted behavior is not reported fully. This means that we have a significant gap in the data we have.

As April passes us by, make sure you are doing your part to avoid being involved in a distracted driving accident. If you are injured because of a distracted, a civil lawsuit can help you pursue compensation for your injuries, losses and damages.

Source: Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison, P.C., "Waco Truck Accident Lawyers," accessed April 15, 2016

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