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The dangers of distracted driving in California

Increasing numbers of studies show that distracted driving can be very dangerous. In fact, some experts say that it's just as hazardous as driving while intoxicated. Distracted driving involves taking attention off of the road, and large numbers of people drive while more focused on a smartphone than what's going on around them.

While the perception is that teens are the most dangerous drivers, it appears that Millennials may hold this title. A report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety discovered that 88 percent of Millennials have at least one risky driving habit. One expert pointed out that many drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 believe that there's nothing wrong with what they're doing.

Data from AT&T's It Can Wait Campaign shows that a large number of people have driving habits that aren't safe. According to their information, about 70 percent of people use their smartphone while driving, and more than 60 percent ensure that their phone is within easy reach while behind the wheel.

If a motorist is not paying attention to the road and causes an accident, it is likely that they will be found liable for the crash. When a person is deemed to be responsible for a collision, they or their insurance company will be held responsible for paying for the expenses of others involved in the accident. In a large number of cases, costs related to car accidents will be paid by an insurance company. People should be aware that insurance companies will often attempt to get victims to settle for the lowest amount possible; however, an attorney could help someone determine an equitable payout for vehicle repairs and medical bills.

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