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Study shows distracted driving near schools

In recent years, safety advocates have noted an alarming trend of accidents caused by distracted driving. Much of the alarm has centered on people who are texting or otherwise looking at smart phones instead of at the road, but dangerous distracted driving takes many forms.

A statewide survey recently showed that motorists are often driving while distracted near schools. There were reportedly 10,252 instances of distracted driving logged within one hour of surveillance at 88 intersections. All forms of distraction were taken into consideration, including phones, pets, grooming, and eating. However, phone use far outweighed the others.

We trust that drivers will be more cautious around areas where there are children. We believe that every driver is completely focused on the stop sign held up for the children to cross the street. As this survey proves, this is simply not the case. One instance of distraction reported even involved kissing while operating a moving vehicle.

Traffic accidents are currently the No. 1 killer of Americans ages 15 to 24. The latest statistical information released by the National Highway Safety Administration shows that 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers within a time period of one year. More than 70 percent of those involved cell phone use.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Consulting with an attorney experienced in these types of cases could help you determine how much, as well as what types of compensation a court may award you.

As a nation, we have to begin holding distracted drivers accountable and making our roadways safer, especially in areas where children are vulnerable to those actions.

Source: Daily Republic, "Instances of Distracted Driving Near Schools Increasing in California," Todd Hansen, November 2, 2017

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