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Distracted driving is far too common

Data from an AT&T campaign indicates that large numbers of motorists in Pennsylvania and around the country have potentially dangerous driving habits. Distracted driving is when motorists are doing something that stops them from paying attention to the road when they are behind the wheel. While it can include things like changing a radio station or adjusting a seat, one of the most common distractions in a vehicle is a smartphone.

According to AT&T, about 70 percent of motorists use a smartphone while driving, and nearly two-thirds of them ensure that their phone is within easy reach when on the road. Some of the most common activities of those who use their phone behind the wheel include texting, sending emails and using social media. About 10 percent of people use video chat while on the road, and more than a quarter of those who shoot videos feel that it is safe for them to do so.

While many people assume that teens are the worst drivers, information from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicates that young millennials may be the most dangerous. Eighty-eight percent of those between the ages of 19 and 24 engage in at least one risky driving habit.

If a distracted driver causes an accident at high speeds, his or her passengers as well as people in other vehicles can suffer catastrophic injuries, with medical bills running into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Many of the victims lose wages as a result of not being able to return to work. They may want to meet with a personal injury attorney to see how best to seek compensation for these and other losses.

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