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Traffic survey suggests a sharp increase in distracted driving

A recent survey suggests that the number of drivers who talk on the phone while behind the wheel is skyrocketing. Ironically, the survey also says nearly all of the respondents recognize distracted driving as a significant road hazard. An increase in distracted drivers on the road can have grave consequences across Louisiana.

According to the study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the number of commuters who admitted to cell phone use while driving increased an enormous 46 percent since 2013. What's more, 88 percent of those surveyed believe that distracted driving is increasing and has become a significant road safety issue. The survey sampled nearly 3,000 recent drivers and discussed their views and habits related to driving.

Of the respondents surveyed, approximately half admitted to making a phone call or reading a text. One in three drivers surveyed also admitted to sending texts or e-mails while driving. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, distracted drivers are four times more likely to crash than motorists who are paying attention. The Foundation also reports that drivers who text or e-mail while driving are up to eight times more likely to be involved in a crash. Considering that there are over 37,000 fatalities due to vehicle accidents in the United States each year, it's evident that distracted driving has a terrible impact on American roadways.

An individual injured by a distracted driver can suffer serious health consequences. However, a lawyer could help that individual recover damages from the responsible party. Compensation could cover medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

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