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Hinsdale personal injury attorneyAmerica has quickly become a well-connected nation. Virtually everyone talks to friends in other cities, states, and even other countries. Email, games, videos, and applications can be accessed almost anywhere. They do it at home, while waiting at the doctor’s office, and at coffee shops and diners. Many people are also doing it while behind the wheel. This poor driving habit – the new form of distracted driving – is on the rise, experts say. As a result, fatalities are increasing as well. If you or someone you love has been injured by a distracted driver, it is important to understand the seriousness of the situation.

Just How Big is the Problem?

For more than four decades, traffic fatalities were on the decline. Then, in 2015, traffic deaths rose by 7.5 percent. It was the biggest spike in more than 50 years. Data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that distracted driving was responsible for an alarming percentage of those crashes. Accidents related to distracted driving also increased by a concerning 8.8 percent.

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DuPage County personal injury attorneysWe have all been reminded time and again: “Put the phone down,” “Texting can wait,” and “Don’t text and drive.” It seems, however, that we cannot help ourselves. “This will only take a second,” we rationalize, as we fire off a quick message to a friend or family. A second, though, is all it takes for something tragic to happen, as texting-and-driving accidents can cause serious injuries and, in some cases, death.

While the phrase “texting and driving” has become commonplace, its specificity may offer what seems to be a loophole for some drivers. Though still illegal and extremely dangerous, playing a game or downloading music on a mobile device while behind the wheel is not technically texting and driving. Loopholes and technicalities, in such situations, are little more than excuses, and when a driver is distracted, either by a text message or mobile app, the outcome can be exactly the same.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_texting-driving.jpgCell phone use behind the wheel, including texting while driving, contributes to thousands of accidents among teen drivers every year. Distracted driving, in all its various forms, has been estimated to play a role in nearly 60 percent of all moderate-to-severe crashes involving teen drivers. There have been a number of initiatives and efforts in the last several years aimed at combating the dangerous practice of texting while driving, including stricter laws with harsher penalties and a number of social-awareness campaigns. While there is reason to believe such efforts may be having a positive impact, the fact remains that too many teens are injured in accidents related to texting while driving, and a worldwide organization recently announced that it is ready to continue the fight.

Global Reach

DoSomething.org is an international community of young people committed to the pursuit of social change around the world. Utilizing the communication opportunities presented by the internet, DoSomething.org and its membership of nearly 4 million have tackled various causes and issues, including hunger, violence, and environmental concerns. Once again this year, the organization is turning its attention to reducing texting while driving with the goal of preventing accidents and saving lives.

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