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Disabling cellphones may prevent distracted driving

Technology is one reason why people drive while distracted. It could also be the reason why drivers in New York and throughout the country start focusing more on the road. A tool called Drive ID allows passengers to use their phones while a vehicle is moving. However, the driver is unable to send or receive text messages or phone calls. If the driver were to become a passenger, that person's phone would regain its full functionality.

The app can also send reports to a teen driver's parents or other administrators. These reports provide insight into how a well a person drives and what can be done to improve as a driver. Mobile providers themselves offer a variety of products that stop a person from sending or receiving messages or otherwise using their phone while driving. This may be the best way to reduce distracted driving until the day comes when driverless cars become available.

At that point, those inside a vehicle can do whatever they want as it will monitor the road on its own. According to a study from the National Safety Council, 55 percent of respondents said that they would use technology aimed at preventing distracted driving. This was compared to 23 percent who said that they would deactivate the technology.

Driving while distracted by a cellphone could be considered negligence on behalf of a driver. If negligence is the reason an accident occurs, injured victims may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. An attorney might review video footage or driver statements from the scene of the accident to determine if driver distraction played a role in a collision. Compensation may help cover medical expenses related to the accident as well as help a person recoup lost wages and lost future earnings.

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