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5 Alarming Distracted Driving Statistics

It's no secret that distracted driving is dangerous. Distracted driving can involve a wide range of activities, from texting while driving, sending an email while driving or even taking a selfie while driving.

But exactly how dangerous is distracted driving? As it turns out, very dangerous. Here are 5 statistics you should know:

1. At any given moment, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones in some capacity in the United States. (Distraction.gov)

2. An estimated 1 in 4 car accidents in the United States involve cell phone use of some kind. (National Safety Council)

3. Individuals who are talking on a cell phone while driving fail to see 50 percent of the information in their driving environment - even when they are looking straight ahead and not down at their phones. (National Safety Council)

4. Forty percent of teenagers in the United States say that they have been a passenger in a car where the driver used a cell phone in a way that put everyone at risk. (Federal Communications Commission)

5. Drivers who are texting while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers who are not. (Federal Communications Commission)

Despite laws against texting while driving and cell phone use while driving, people continue to engage in this risky behavior. Sadly, it takes getting into an accident for many people to stop distracted driving.

If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you should learn about your legal options and the possibility of recovering significant compensation. For a free phone consultation with attorney John Turner, please call 888-655-2647.

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