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Types of distracted driving

Distracted driving takes many forms. Along with changing the radio station, fiddling with climate controls or eating, Ma ny Louisiana motorists use their cellphone while behind the wheel. It is the last type of distracted driving that has led lawmakers to enact legislation geared towards reducing the behavior.

While it's not against the law to eat while driving, legislation has made it so that if someone is doing so and an accident takes place, the driver will probably be held liable for the crash. One reason that lawmakers are cracking down on distracted driving is that it is potentially very dangerous.

Many people may think that looking away from the road for a few seconds isn't a big deal. However, in just a short period of time, a vehicle can travel a very long distance. A car going 55 miles per hour will cover the length of a football field in just five seconds. With that being the case, checking email or taking hands off the wheel to apply makeup can greatly increase a person's risk of an accident.

People who are in a car accident often suffer catastrophic injuries that required extended periods of costly medical care and treatment. In many cases their financial situation is made even worse due to an inability to return to work. When it can be demonstrated that the accident was caused by the negligence of another motorist, such as one who was distracted by a cellphone or some other interruption, a personal injury attorney can often help a victim seek appropriate compensation for the losses that have been incurred.

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