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Some types of distracted driving are more dangerous

Distracted driving poses a significant threat to safety on the Florida roadways. A growing number of serious car accidents are linked to drivers paying attention to their mobile phones, tablets or other devices while operating a vehicle. One study released for Teen Driver Safety Week draws particular attention to the prevalence of teen distracted drivers. Teens are more likely to drive while distracted than people in any other demographic, and they are also already more likely to get in car accidents due to their inexperience behind the wheel. In order for teens to become better drivers, they need experience and practice. However, part of that experience is learning to be safe behind the wheel.

While law enforcement agencies are cracking down on distracted drivers across the country, the behavior itself shows no sign of stopping. Researchers at Michigan State University analyzed the effects of distraction on 3,400 drivers between 2011 and 2013. They used devices inside the vehicles to monitor conditions and driving behavior, providing insight often left out in police car accident data, which often relies on self-reported, inaccurate accounts. The researchers found that there were different types of distraction and enumerated more than 60.

Some types of distraction are more likely to lead to serious motor vehicle collisions, they said. Accidents on the side of the road that inspire rubbernecking and other outdoor diversions can be more dangerous than any electronic device. When it comes to phones, texting, browsing the web or watching videos were more closely linked to crashes than voice calls and other options that did not engage their eyes.

Distracted driving car accidents regularly cause severe injuries and even deaths. People who have been harmed can turn to a personal injury attorney for help to pursue compensation for their losses.

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