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Trivial distractions can lead to fatal car accidents

Life is filled with things that, at the moment, may seem very important, but are actually very trivial. For instance, a phone call to confirm an appointment or to gossip could feel like something that must be attended to immediately. So could listening to a new song, fixing hair, applying makeup or having a snack.

However, none of these things matter one whit compared to the value of a human life. Every day, people will deliberately put their lives and the lives of others in jeopardy when they choose to carry out these mundane tasks while driving an automobile.

When drivers allow activities such as texting or dialing a phone to capture their attention while driving, they triple the likelihood of being involved in an accident. Every year, distracted drivers contribute to many fatal motor vehicle accidents. In fact, in 2013, distracted drivers were involved in over 3,100 fatal accidents.

Younger drivers appear to be especially prone to engage in distracted driving activities. According to the NHTSA, of all drivers involved in fatal accidents, 27 percent were in their 20s. One-quarter of teenagers answer text messages at least once whenever they are behind the wheel.

The statistics clearly demonstrate that driving while distracted is a deadly practice. A fatal accident caused by distracted driving can leave the victim's family devastated. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one caused by the negligence of a distracted driver, you may wish to consider taking legal actions against the liable party or parties by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

While it may be difficult to consider taking legal steps as you are dealing with such difficult circumstances, it is important to consider the financial hardships created by the accident. An experienced fatal accident attorney may be able to help you get compensation for your loss.

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