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Montana drivers court danger by texting and driving

Distracted driving is becoming a nationwide epidemic. Montana is no different when it comes to having distracted and negligent drivers on the road contributing to the numerous car accidents that occur. Data from various sources indicates that teens are particularly at risk for becoming unsafe drivers on the road. In fact, an estimated 61 percent of Montana teens use their cellphone while driving and an estimated 56 percent are texting and driving.

How dangerous is driving while distracted by things such as talking on a cellphone or texting? It is believed that of all car crashes nationwide more than 25 percent are caused by exactly these things. It may seem harmless enough to use a cellphone for a few seconds, but in just five seconds, traveling at a speed of 55 miles per hours, a vehicle will travel approximately the same distance as one football field. Driving while distracted is akin to driving while blindfolded.

The problem is so bad nationally that roughly 660,000 drivers are driving while simultaneously using cell phones or other electronic devices at any given moment. This usage usually requires eyes to be off the road, hands off the steering wheel and the driver's attention or mind off safe driving. This is why it is so dangerous, even if only done for a few seconds, for drivers to be using cell phones or other devices while driving. Other activities that also result in the same type of danger include putting on makeup, reading books, tending to children, eating, shaving and hair styling.

When an accident occurs due to distracted driving, the victim has rights. The victim of such actions being taken by another driver does not have to face mounting medical expenses and other burdens alone. Legal assistance can be sought for help. Personal injury attorneys in Montana can review the case, investigate further and explain what the victim’s rights and legal options may be.

Source: Sidney Herald, “Distracted driving, texting causes accidents,” Mary Sundheim, May 10, 2014

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