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Driving while distracted is a tough habit to break

Many motor vehicle accidents in New York are caused by distracted drivers. Whether one is texting or flipping through radio stations, distracted driving falls under the legal category known as "negligence." According to The Travelers Companies, this type of negligence is tough for some people to avoid. The insurance group recently released the results of a survey on the topic.

Distracted driving is often caused by typing texts, sending emails, posting on social media websites, recording videos, shooting photographs and performing online shopping activities. According to the Travelers survey, some drivers find it almost impossible to cease sending and reading texts while driving. A few respondents stated that they would not want to cease their online shopping activities while driving their cars. Nearly 20 percent of those surveyed said that they would continue to drive while distracted even if their actions were against the law. Businesses are often to blame because managers want employees to stay in touch while driving their vehicles.

A recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health implied that texting regulations can help prevent car accidents. According to the study, emergency rooms are visited by fewer car crash victims when legal state bans against texting exist. Even though some smartphones have settings designed to prevent distracted driving, most people do not take advantage of these built-in features. Many drivers avoid setting their phones to the "do not disturb" setting.

The victim of a car accident caused by a distracted driver may want to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Medical bills tend to add up after a crash. However, an accident attorney could help a plaintiff fight for a settlement that covers damages.

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