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Distracted driver hits pedestrians, 2 seriously injured

When we hear the phrase "distracted driving" nowadays, we immediately picture a driver taking his or her cellphone out of his or her pocket and illuminating the inside of the car with the glow of the screen. The driver glances away from the road, reads a text, glances back at the road, and then types out his or her reply. However, this is not the only way that a driver can be distracted.

A driver could lose his or her focus -- such as by daydreaming or looking at something outside of the vehicle, or even in the vehicle. A driver could try to change the radio, or have a conversation with someone in the car. And, yes, a driver could be distracted by his or her cellphone.

This is not meant to make it seem okay to take out your phone while driving. But it is meant to establish the idea that many people do take out their cellphones while driving, and this act is negligent and reckless. It makes the individual liable for any injuries or damages he or she may cause in an accident.

All of this is in response to a very unfortunate distracted driving accident in California recently that left two teenagers seriously injured. The distracted driver, though, wasn't looking at her cellphone. Instead, the 26-year-old driver admitted that she was distracted because she was looking for her keys in the center console. She then struck the two teens who were pedestrians in a crosswalk.

Source: Bakersfield Now, "CHP: 2 high school girls injured by distracted driver," Oct. 16, 2014

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