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People drive distracted despite knowing the dangers

Many New Mexico drivers understand the potential dangers that come from driving while distracted. Still, a number of drivers across the U.S. do things they know they should not do while they are behind the wheel. A study done in 2016 showed that upward of 50% of drivers said that they sent text messages or read text messages while they were driving. Almost 60% of the individuals in the survey said that they used their cellphone at least one time while behind the wheel.

These statistics are of interest to some because of the efforts made by organizations, governmental and non-governmental, to teach drivers about the dangers of driving while distracted. Teenagers are bombarded with messages and signs warning them to avoid texting while driving. Adults and teenagers alike see public service announcements warning about the dangers of distracted driving. A number of states have enacted serious penalties for drivers who use their cellphone while driving.

When a person is driving while distracted, they increase their chances of getting into an auto accident. When they are using their phone, tablet or other device, their eyes are not on the road. Countless experiences show that when a person simply takes their eyes off the road for a few seconds, it is enough for them to cause an automobile accident.

Driving distracted affects a person's cognitive abilities. They can't be focused on driving because their mind is focused on the activity that they are doing. If a person is texting, using a map or checking social media, their hands are not on the steering wheel, and this limits their ability to react when driving.

Automobile manufacturers are developing technology designed to warn drivers when they are driving distracted. Still, some drivers may choose to ignore these warnings.

When a driver causes an automobile accident because they are driving while distracted, they may be deemed negligent for the damages. The victims of an automobile accident may want to rely on the services of a personal injury attorney. The attorney may be able to help the victim review the ins and outs of the case and work toward getting due compensation for their injuries.

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