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Numerous car accident injuries are caused by distracted driving

Technological advances are supposed to make the lives of Alaska's residents better. However, an ever-increasing number of car accident injuries are caused by drivers who are distracted because they are texting. One study indicated that texting and driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. This is due to the fact that it is not only a driver's eyes that are taken off the road, but that he or she needs to concentrate on the conversation and what is being typed.

When a driver diverts his or her attention for as little as two seconds, his or her risk of being involved in an accident increases 24 times. If a driver happens to be inexperienced, which is the case with many teenagers, the risk is even higher. A recent study involving interactive presentations given to approximately 3,000 teenagers from Alaska and three other states has shown that similar presentations can make teenagers more aware of these dangers.

However, it is not only texting that can cause a driver to become distracted. In today's fast-paced society, people eat, drink and perform other activities while driving that can be dangerous distractions. In addition, the luxuries that car manufacturers now put into vehicles can also take a driver's attention off the road.

Car accident injuries can be serious or even fatal. If an Alaska resident suffered serious injuries -- or a family lost a loved one -- in a crash caused by a distracted driver, it may be possible to obtain damages through the filing of a civil action. Successfully establishing a driver's negligence to the court could result in an award of damages. Any monetary restitution awarded could help defray the financial losses that accompany such tragedies.

Source:, "'Distracted driving' at an all-time high; new approaches needed", March 23, 2015

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