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Distracted driving still a big problem across the nation

The research is clear: Driving distracted is dangerous. While there are many laws on the books, including in Delaware, the rate of incidents where a driver crashed due to an in-vehicle distraction continues to rise.

Driving with a phone or other device in-hand is the main culprit in many of these crashes, but other issues continue to prove distracting. Activities such as eating, changing the radio station, passenger conversation and using GPS all add up to significantly draw a driver’s attention away from the road. Take a look at some of the facts about the danger of averting your eyes for even a few seconds may mean.

Delaware’s hands-free law

In 2011, the state legislature passed a bill banning drivers from using any device while behind the wheel. This included talking on the phone, using a handheld video game and computer use, such as GPS. The law was further enhanced a few years ago when it added texting and driving as a banned activity for drivers. The first offense will cost you $100, and any subsequent offenses will cost at least $200, but not more than $300.

Crash data and distracted driving

Despite many laws around the country making distracted driving illegal, crashes still happen. One of the most prominent age groups involved in these incidents is teens. In over half of all accidents involving teenagers, distracted driving was the cause. With social media and texting a mainstay, it is not a leap to believe that these activities are the leading contenders for blame. In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 3,100 people died in distracted driving crashes.

The solution for stopping distraction behind the wheel is something every citizen should want to find. Parents should lead by example and put phones down. Stop and eat, not eat while on the go. Keep the conversation in the vehicle to a minimum. All these things may help reduce the rate of these incidents.

Getting injured as the result of another’s carelessness is something that can have severe consequences, both short- and long-term. If you find yourself in this situation, your best course of action may include speaking to an attorney who can help you navigate the process of recovery.

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