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Distracted driving nearly an epidemic in United States

Throughout the United States, including the Atlanta, Georgia area, authorities are noticing more and more car accidents as a result of distracted driving. Although distracted driving can take many forms, many believe the increase and popularity of both smartphones and social media such as Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram could be to blame for much of the increase. Statistics provided by the United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Authority are particularly disturbing.

Based on stats from 2015, there were 391,000 Americans injured and 3,477 killed by distracted driving. Although drivers from all ages are to blame, teenagers are particularly prone to distraction while driving. In addition to focusing on their phones or tablets while on the roads, they could also be messing with their GPS unit or radio, drinking, eating or engaging with other passengers in their car.

Local and federal authorities understand the risks associated with distracted driving and have been cracking down. They have a national public service campaign called "U Drive. U Text. U Pay." out to both provide awareness and to try to dissuade people from driving while distracted. Hands free devices are required throughout much of the country, and authorities are aggressively issuing warnings and tickets for those who disobey. Depending upon the situation, distracted driving could be considered negligent driving or even reckless driving if it results in an accident.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a car wreck, you may be entitled to compensation. This may include not only pain and suffering, but medical expenses and rehabilitation costs as well as lost wages as a result of missing time from work due to the injuries that were suffered.

Source: NHTSA, "Distracted Driving: Overview," Accessed on July 24, 2017

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