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Who is driving distracted on California roads?

California readers understand that distracted driving is a serious and growing problem across the state. Thousands of people engage in distraction-related behaviors every day, greatly increasing the chance of causing an accident and causing harm to others. Distraction is one of the leading causes of serious car accidents across the country.

If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may feel unsure of your legal options and how you should proceed. In fact, you have the right to seek financial compensation through a civil claim. Before you proceed, it may be helpful to better understand the problem of distracted driving. It may be useful to consider a recent study from Volvo about which drivers are more prone to these dangerous behaviors.

The drivers most likely to engage in dangerous behaviors

Most people believe that younger drivers are more likely to engage in distracted driving than any other age group. While teen drivers are particularly susceptible to this type of dangerous behavior, they are not the only ones. Volvo and The Harris Poll worked together on a study on distraction, and the following facts may be of interest to you:

  • More people worry about the dangers of distracted drivers on the road than they do about drunk drivers or drugged drivers.
  • There are more things to distract drivers than ever before, including phones, in-car infotainment systems, GPS systems and more.
  • Millennials are the most likely to use their phones while driving, followed closely by the entire baby boomer generation.
  • Most people believe that they are better about texting and distracted driving than other drivers on the road.
  • In addition to texting, people also read emails, watch videos, post to social media and more while operating a vehicle.

One of the most effective ways to combat distracted driving is to fight to hold liable drivers accountable for dangerous behaviors behind the wheel. If a negligent driver caused your accident, you may have a case.

Seeking the compensation you deserve

It can be difficult to know where to start after a distraction-related car accident, but you are not alone. It may be beneficial to start with a complete evaluation of your case to know how to proceed and what you can do to protect your interests. After a car accident, it is prudent to take immediate action to protect certain evidence and begin working on your potential injury claim.

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