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The dangers of distracted driving

Wisconsin motorists may be interested to learn that a survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety showed that nearly half of the participants reported bad driving behavior. Even so, more than half of the participants viewed talking on a phone while driving as being a major threat while 78 percent viewed texting while driving as dangerous as well.

The survey collected data from more than 2,600 drivers who were 16 and older. All of the participants had reported that they had driven a vehicle in the past 30 days prior to taking the survey. When asked about dangerous behaviors they participated in when driving, about half of the participants reported that they talked on a cellphone. About 45 percent reported that they read texts or emails while driving while 35 percent reported that they actually sent texts or emails while behind the wheel.

In addition to asking participants about their driving behaviors, the survey also asked if the participants viewed certain behaviors as being dangerous. Approximately 58 percent said that talking on the phone while driving was a safety threat. Further, 78 percent considered driving while texting to be dangerous. Finally, 40 percent of all of the participants said that they supported a ban on all cellphone-type devices, including those that are hands-free.

Although many people are aware that distracted driving can result in serious motor vehicle accidents, some continue to put others at risk. People who have been injured in an accident that was caused by a motorist who was using a cellphone at the time might want to have legal help when seeking compensation for their medical expenses and other losses.

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