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More Proof: Distracted Driving Causes Crashes

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By: Robert F. Geimer

We have seen instances of distracted driving rise dramatically over the last decade, often with tragic consequences.  A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine confirms our observations, as well as previous studies:  That texting and dialing significantly increases the chance of a crash.  The study, conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, showed that the risk of a crash due to distracted driving was particularly elevated in younger, less experienced drivers.  We have also observed this to be true in cases we are handling.  In fact, we routinely conduct discovery to determine if drivers were using personal electronic devices at the time of a crash.  This study should act as a reminder that distracted driving is dangerous, and we should especially emphasize this to newer, less experienced drivers.

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