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Distracted driving rates vary across the country

Around 34 percent of trips taken by California drivers include some form of handheld phone use behind the wheel, according to statistics released Everdrive. This rate is about 3.5 percent less than the national median. The driving safety app found that motorists in the American South are some of the most likely to use their mobile phones while behind the wheel. Mississippi led the list, with Louisiana and Alabama coming in just behind.

Distracted driving is a major concern because it can cause an operator's attention and eyes to be diverted from the roadway. While mobile phone usage and associated texting and internet surfing are some of the most well-known forms of distracted driving, there are also less high-tech versions. For example, eating, applying makeup or playing with the car radio can also distract a driver's attention and lead to motor vehicle crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 more were injured in 2015 due to distracted driving.

If anything, the study's results may underplay the dangers of distracted driving. After all, users of a safe-driving tracking app are potentially less likely to engage in dangerous practices. Other types of dangerous behavior were also studied, such as hard braking when stopping and speeding; these were most commonly found in the northeastern states.

When distracted drivers cause motor vehicle accidents, victims may require costly medical treatments and be forced to spend time outside of the workforce. An individual who is suffering due to an accident caused by another's dangerous or negligent driving might want to consult with a personal injury lawyer who can help pursue compensation for the damages suffered.

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