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CDC reports 9 killed by distracted driving in U.S. every day

Eating, tuning the radio, fiddling with a GPS system, grooming, talking to backseat passengers, reading, texting and talking on the phone are all examples of activities that drivers should avoid 

Eating, tuning the radio, fiddling with a GPS system, grooming, talking to backseat passengers, reading, texting and talking on the phone are all examples of activities that drivers should avoid while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Every day in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nine people are killed and more than 1,150 injured in crashes caused by distracted drivers.

Driving is an activity that takes a tremendous amount of concentration, focus and vigilance. The truth is it only takes a few seconds of being distracted to crash into the back of another vehicle or hit a young child who attempts to dart across the street. In those few seconds, lives can be lost and irreparably changed forever.

Today, cellphones are widely regarded as the main source of distraction for many drivers. While texting while driving is illegal in many states, including Connecticut, the CDC reports that 31 percent of U.S. drivers age 18 to 64 reported to texting while driving within 30 days of being surveyed. Additionally, during this same timeframe, nearly 70 percent of drivers admitted to talking on a cellphone while driving.

The truth is that any activity in which a driver engages that is not directly tied to driving is distracting and increases the likelihood that a driver will either cause or be involved in a car accident. All drivers are advised to stow cellphones while driving and to keep all other distractions to a minimum.

Drivers, passengers or pedestrians who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident in which a driver was distracted would be wise to discuss their case with an attorney. Legal action may be an appropriate means to recovering damages related to medical expenses, lost wages and disability.

Source: CDC.gov, "Distracted Driving," May 22, 2015

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