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What types of distractions contribute to teen car accidents?

Distracted driving is dangerous. Without a driver's full attention on the task at hand, a driver cannot react quickly to an obstacle in the road, to another driver's change of lanes or to unclear weather conditions. A driver of any age can be a distracted driver, but teen drivers are particularly prone to one alarming form of distracted driving according to a study conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions.

Teens are often adept at the use of new technology, including apps, or applications, on their smartphones. Unfortunately, teen drivers are using these apps while behind the wheel. The study indicated that almost 70 percent of teens professed use of an app while driving. Some of the common apps used by Virginia teens on their phones while driving include Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Pokémon Go. Furthermore, teens also play games on their phones and text while behind the wheel. Approximately 27 percent of teens report that they have texted while driving.

The study revealed another frightening issue. Teen drivers do not appear to fully appreciate the danger of using apps while driving. While they recognize app usage as a potential danger while driving, they ranked driving under the influence of alcohol and texting and driving as more dangerous behaviors than using social media apps.

Distracted driving, whether in the form of app use, texting and driving or another form of distraction, poses serious risks for auto accidents and, consequently, major injuries. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you may wish to consult with an attorney for legal advice. You may be entitled to damages for the injuries and harm you have suffered.

Source: kalb.com, "New study shows that 70% of teens admit to using apps while driving," Max Lindsey, Aug. 2, 2016, accessed Sep. 16, 2016

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