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Here are tips to end distracted driving

Who hasn't sent a text message, programmed their GPS or dialed their cellphone while driving? I've had a few close calls but lucky enough to never have been in an accident.

I should know better than to take these chances. Why? I am a personal injury attorney with clients I've never met because they were killed due to distracted driving.

There was a recent news article about a young woman in a car accident because she was text messaging while driving. The last text message she sent was to her boyfriend and it read, "I love you too and I will do all I can to make you happy."

Unfortunately, soon after she sent that message her vehicle slammed into the back of a tractor trailer and she died.

Each day I see more and more incidences similar to this story where distracted driving was the cause of a deadly accident. Distracted driving is responsible for more than 5,000 deaths and close to 450,000 accidents in the U.S. every year. Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.

The University of Utah researcher David Strayer has been studying distracted drivers for 10 years. Strayer's research has found that talking on a cellphone quadruples your risk of an accident. This means when someone is talking on a cellphone it's equivalent to driving drunk in terms of distractions. In addition, if you're text messaging and driving the risk is twice as much!

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