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Distracted driving may increase when hands are free

Statistics show that an average of nine people die every day in the U.S. because of distracted driving practices. To help provide safe driving solutions for commercial truck fleets in New Mexico and across America, Lytx has studied risky driving behaviors among big rig operators. While the video telematics and analytics company reports an upward trend of truck drivers now using hands-free devices, this also seems to leave drivers open to other distractions such as eating or smoking behind the wheel.

For the human brain, just focusing on a conversation can be a distraction. Adding any other interference to the mix only compounds the risk. Lytx records 100,000 risky driving occurrences every day on the nation's roadways, and these involve multiple distractions. However, it was noted that between 2017 and 2018, things began improving. Among Lytx clients, data shows 625,000 less recorded occurrences of risky driving behaviors during that time. The company's Driver Safety Program may be responsible for up to half of those overall decreases in distracted driver accidents.

Some of the hazards Lytx witnessed from distracted driving included following other vehicles too closely and driving too fast. These risky behaviors may be due to inattentiveness because of a driver holding a conversation while using their hands for something other than driving. A driver who is talking on a hands-free phone might also be eating and trying not to drop food. There are a number of scenarios that can contribute to risky driving.

Any number of issues may come into play when auto accidents occur. That's why someone who has been injured by a negligent driver may want to reach out to a personal injury lawyer. Legal counsel could sort through accident investigation reports and devise a plan of action for the victim.

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