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The many ways in which someone can drive distracted

"Distracted driving" would seem to have a very specific meaning in today's day and age. With cellphones consuming far too much of our time (and much of our concentration), it would be easy to just reclassify "distracted driving" as "driving while distracted by a cellphone." However, this simply isn't the case. There are far too many ways in which a driver can become "distracted" that don't involve a cellphone.

For example, eating and drinking is a form of distracted driving. Looking in your rearview mirror to adjust your hair or put on makeup is a form of distracted driving. Messing with the radio or center console utility is distracted driving. And so is reading something, even if it's just for a second.

Distracted driving is a real problem because it is involved in far too many accidents -- and these accidents often have tragic results. In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in accidents that involved a distracted driver. There were also roughly 421,000 people who suffered injuries as a result of distracted driver accidents in 2012.

Look, it should be fairly obvious to everyone out there that distracted driving is bad. But the problem with these distracted d riving behaviors is that they are ubiquitous. Everyone does them, and many people probably do it without thinking about how dangerous it really is. The last time you ate a fast food burger while on a road trip, did you consider that you were contributing to the distracted driving problem? Probably not.

Distracted driving is negligent, and any victim of a distracted driving accident could have a case to have his or her medical bills paid, in addition to other compensation, through a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: Distraction.gov, "Facts and Statistics," Accessed March 6, 2015

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