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Certain times of day might be worse for distracted driving

California readers know that distracted driving is a serious problem. In fact, it is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the state. This is a growing concern, and due to the amount of distracting technology in many vehicles and the widespread use of cell phones, it is a problem that is not going away.

In order to effectively confront this problem, researchers and authorities have invested significant time and effort into understanding more about this problem. Part of this is understanding what causes people to make the choice to drive while distracted and how to discourage this dangerous behavior. One things researchers now understand is that evening rush hour may be the most prominent time for distracted driving.

Rush hour traffic and distracted drivers

Texting while driving is one of the most common types of distracted driving. Researchers studied this behavior and came to the following conclusions about texting while behind the wheel:

  • Individuals are more likely to text while driving home during the evening rush hour.
  • California is in the top ten states with drivers most likely to text and drive.
  • Drivers are using the text function on their phones to send messages, but they are also using apps that include Facebook, Whatsapp and others.

Texting while driving is extremely common, as is using a phone to send messages through Facebook, check emails and more. In fact, many drivers do things like browse social media and read full messages while they are operating a vehicle.

Despite most people being completely aware of the dangers of driving while distracted, many still choose to engage in behaviors that can lead to a higher chance of an accident. If you were hurt in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you have the right to hold liable drivers accountable.

Your right to recovery

As an accident victim injured by the actions of others, you do not have to suffer alone. You have the right to seek appropriate compensation for your injuries through a personal injury claim. Distracted driving is a completely preventable types of reckless driving, but you can take quick action to protect your rights and interests.

While a civil claim cannot undo what you experienced, it can help you recover your losses associated with the accident, including medical bills and other expenses. You can seek an evaluation of your case in order to learn if this is an option for you.

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