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What does distracted driving entail?

If you can believe the experts, nine people die every day in the United States due to car accidents that involve distracted drivers. An additional 1,153 people are injured for the same reason. The definition of distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that pulls your attention away from the road. These activities can steeply increase your chance of becoming involved in a car crash.

Taking your eye off the road for any reason can cause a horrific accident. If you take your hands off the wheel and drive with your leg this can also result in a bad car accident. Have you ever let you mind wonder while driving? This can also cause an accident.

Being involved in a car accident can have tragic consequences. Sometimes, there is absolutely nothing you could have done to avoid an accident. You are attentive, careful and driving the speed limit when all of a sudden a car comes from nowhere and veers into your car. You are injured, your car is totaled and you have no idea what to do next.

Distracted driving is a major cause of accidents in Illinois. Texting while driving is said to use all three elements of distraction: It causes the driver's mind to wonder, takes his or her hands off the wheel and causes him or her to look away from the road.

In 2012, 3,328 people were victims of distracted driving. They all died. 421,000 people were injured because of distracted driving in 2012. This is a big problem that the authorities are trying to eradicate.

A good attorney can help you get recompensed for your lost wages, hospital bills and pain and suffering.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Distracted Driving," accessed Dec. 30, 2015

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