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New study analyzes driver behavior

According to a recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 88 percent of respondents said that distracted driving is becoming increasingly common. The study included 2,613 licensed drivers 16 or older in Louisiana and elsewhere who had operated a vehicle in the past 30 days. The number of respondents who said that they used a cellphone regularly while driving increased by 46 percent since 2013.

Despite this, 78 percent of respondents said that texting is a significant danger, and 58 percent said that using a phone while driving is a danger to their safety. According to earlier data from the AAA foundation, a driver who uses a cellphone increases his or her risk of crashing by 400 percent.

In 2016, there were more than 37,000 traffic fatalities in the United States. The 2018 survey revealed that 40 percent of respondents would support a ban on cellphones in cars, including the use of hands-free devices. Of those who responded, nearly half said that they had seen someone texting or sending an email in a vehicle. When asked about their own driving behaviors, 45 percent said that they had read texts or emails while driving.

Individuals who are in an auto accident may experience significant injuries that erode their quality of life. Those who are injured in an accident may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Compensation might include reimbursement for medical bills incurred both now and in the future as well as lost wages and future earnings. This is generally true if the driver who caused the crash acted in a negligent manner such as using a cellphone at the time of the collision.

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