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Many Louisiana motorists are driving while distracted

Data from an AT&T campaign shows that there are far too many drivers on the road who aren't always paying attention to traffic. The company found that about three-quarters of drivers use their smart phone while behind the wheel, and about 40 percent of motorists use social media when driving.

AT&T states that one in seven say that they use the Twitter app while driving, and 30 percent of those individuals stated that they use the app all the time. People also frequently do things like check their email, text other people and surf the web while on the road. Additionally, about 10 percent of the respondents stated that they used video chat when they are behind the wheel. Even more surprisingly, more than a quarter of the motorists who take videos while driving think that it can be done safely.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, young millenials between the ages of 19 and 24 who engage in these practices don't see anything wrong with these driving habits. However, the reality is that distracted driving frequently results in crashes that cause injuries and death. Annually, between 4,000 and 6,000 people are killed by distracted drivers, and up to 600,000 others are injured.

When an accident is caused by a distracted or otherwise careless driver, occupants of other vehicles can sustain serious injuries that necessitate expensive medical treatment. In many cases, injured victims are unable to return to their place of employment and lose wages as a result. People in this type of situation may want to seek the help of a lawyer when attempting to obtain compensation from the at-fault motorist for these and other losses.

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