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NHTSA Highlights Problem of Distracted Driving in April

Casey Woodruff

The month of April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. One of the biggest distractions for drivers throughout the nation, including the Chicago metro area, is texting while driving. As a survey recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration illustrates, this is a big issue. It reports that at any time of the day there are around 660,000 individuals behind the wheel who are doing something in addition to driving. In many instances that action involves a cellphone. Currently, a total of 39 states in the county as well as the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico, have made it illegal to text while driving. Sadly this apparently does not prevent drivers of all ages from partaking in the activity. The issue with distracted driving, and texting or surfing the web on a Smartphone, is of course that such activities cause the driver to take his or her eyes from the road. Such behavior could in turn lead to a car accident. When someone is injured in accident that is the result of another individual driving while distracted by something such as a cellphone, the recovery period for that person can be difficult both physically as well as emotionally. In addition, it can lead to great financial strain as well. For these reasons many find it beneficial to seek financial damages via a personal injury lawsuit. Depending on the specifics surrounding an accident, it is possible that a successful resolution could provide the financial means necessary for the injured party to more easily move on with his or her life. 

Source: The Chicago Tribune, “660,000 U.S. drivers phoning, texting at the wheel,” Ronald D. White, April 8, 2013

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