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Researchers look into ways to curb distracted driving

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), there are nine deaths and 100 injuries per day on Kentucky roads and others caused by distracted driving. Distracted driving can occur when a person is focused on a cellphone or a touchscreen in the vehicle itself. In an effort to combat the problem, April has been named Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Groups such as the Risk Institute at Ohio State are trying to use this time to create solutions to the issue of distracted driving.

For instance, it may be a good idea to provide drivers with insurance discounts for refraining from driving while distracted. Of course, there are a variety of other factors that can play a role in determining a driver's odds of getting into an accident. Drivers who feel more confident behind the wheel may be more likely to take risks.

Accidents tend to happen more often in urban areas compared to on rural roads. If a road had an asphalt shoulder, it was less likely to be the scene of a distracted driving accident. The use of roundabouts can play a role in decreasing the severity of accidents, and it can also reduce the severity of accidents caused by distracted drivers. Finally, the length of a road and the number of lanes that it had could have an impact on driver safety.

An accident caused by a distracted driver could result in serious injuries as well as significant property damage. If a person is hurt in an accident, he or she may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and other damages. An attorney might be able to collect evidence that verifies a driver was distracted at the time of an accident.

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