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Distracted driving is a major cause of car accidents

While technology has had many positive safety effects, there can also be some downsides. Not all California motorists are interested in just traveling from point A to point B as quickly as possible. For many, it's often about how much can be accomplished during the journey.

Consequently, distracted driving has become a leading cause of car accidents. Nearly 3,500 people were killed in distracted driving-related accidents in 2015. Distracted driving may be defined as engaging in any activity that takes one's focus away from being behind the wheel. While common examples include conversations with passengers, eating, applying make-up and adjusting the radio, the biggest culprit is cell phone use -- especially texting.

A car accident becomes more likely when the motorist's attention is diverted from the task of driving. Texting causes a driver to take their eyes off the road. If a driver takes their eyes off the road for only five seconds while driving at 55 mph, the car will travel a distance of over 400 feet. A great deal can happen on a roadway in the very brief time a driver may become distracted. As the period of distraction lengthens or the speed increases, the potential for harm increases exponentially.

When an individual is injured in a car accident, the issue of liability often comes up. In many cases, insurance companies either deny liability or offer a low settlement amount to close the matter. To obtain adequate compensation for all the damages attributable to the car accident, the injured victim may find it necessary to consult with a personal injury attorney.

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