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The risks of distracted driving

Kentucky motorists may be interested in a survey from the National Safety Council, which found that 74 percent of 2,400 respondents said they would use Facebook while behind the wheel. A further 37 percent said that would use Twitter while similar percentages said that they would use YouTube or Instagram while on the road.

Another recent survey that focused on the attitudes of teen drivers and what they considered to be dangerous behavior while driving also produced alarming results. Of those who participated in the study, which was conducted by Liberty Mutual and Students Against Destructive Decisions, 29 percent said that driving under the influence was a serious distraction. Another 25 percent said that texting was a dangerous driving behavior. However, only 6 percent said that using social media while behind the wheel was distracting and dangerous.

There is a lack of definitive data about how many accidents are directly caused by drivers on their cell phones. This is partially because some drivers do not want to admit that they were on the phone just before a crash. Texting is considered just as dangerous as talking on the phone, and one study from the University of Utah found that texting increases the risk of an accident by 600 percent.

Those who are involved in a crash with a negligent driver may face serious injuries and a long recovery. It may also be impossible to return to work or otherwise enjoy a similar quality of life. Therefore, it may be worthwhile to talk with a personal injury attorney. An attorney might be able to establish that a driver was talking on a cell phone or was otherwise distracted at the time of the wreck.

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