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Distracted driving makes people feel less safe

Every year, the AAA Foundation Traffic Safety Culture Index offers insight into what drivers think and feel on the road regarding their own safety. To these drivers, distracted driving is a serious issue, as about 80 percent of them tend to mention it as a concern. In fact, when looking just at those who claim they felt safer five years ago than they do now, about half of them said their growing feelings of unease were tied to distracted driving.

It's no surprise. The federal government now thinks that distracted driving is involved in about 16 percent of the deadly crashes in the United States every year. That means about 5,000 people die annually because of distractions like cellphones. In some cases, these distracted drivers take their own lives, but innocent people are also hit and killed.

One issue is that drivers are often distracted even after they stop doing whatever they were doing. The AAA Foundation says that this extra period of distraction could be about 27 seconds long. So, if someone spends just 10 seconds reading a text message, he or she could still be distracted by it and not fully committed to driving for another 27 seconds. That's 37 seconds of distraction, which is over half a mile when traveling at 60 mph. It's over three quarters of a mile at 75 mph.

Have you been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, or have you lost a loved one in such an accident? If so, you may be able to get compensation in Louisiana for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.

Source: AAA Foundation, "Distracted Driving," accessed Sep. 29, 2016

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