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Distracted driving can take lives, cause injuries

Many people in Wyoming are all too familiar with the dangers of distracted driving. When drivers take their eyes and concentration away from the road, the results can be devastating, such as car accidents that cause serious injuries and even fatalities. Across the country, thousands of people are killed each year in accidents linked to distracted driving. In 2015 alone, 391,000 people were injured and 3,477 more lost their lives as a result of crashes caused by distracted drivers.

Perhaps the best-known cause of distracted driving is the rise of the smartphone. As people are accustomed to going everywhere with their connected devices, they may easily shift their attention to send a text or check their email. Even sending a text message can easily lead to a serious car accident as drivers can go the length of a football field without looking at the road. In order to reduce the risks of distraction, drivers can put their phones or tablets out of reach for the length of the drive.

However, texting isn't the only cause of distracted driving. Even a technology like GPS, which can enhance driver safety, can be a cause of distraction. If people try to direct the system while operating their vehicles, their attention can easily be diverted from the road by correcting errors or fiddling with buttons. By setting up the GPS before leaving, people can help prevent a dangerous distraction later on.

Distracted driving can be more than just careless. It can take lives. People can suffer severe injuries and lifelong disabilities after auto accidents caused by dangerous, negligent or distracted drivers. Those who have been injured in a crash due to someone else's distracted driving can work with a personal injury lawyer to seek compensation for their damages, which can cover things like medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

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