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How you can stop distracted driving

Distracted driving is a common danger on the road. Drivers are familiar with the risks associated with distracted driving, yet many fail to take steps to prevent distractions behind the wheel.

Did you know that 3,154 people were victims of fatal accidents involving distracted drivers in 2013? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in addition to those killed in crashes, roughly 424,000 people were injured in accidents that same year.

Understand the risks

Texting while driving is one of the most common types of distracted driving. Wisconsin law bans drivers with instruction permits or probationary licenses from using a cellphone while they drive, except in the event of an emergency. In addition to texting, here are some of the other types of distractions drivers need to stop doing:

  • Talking on a cellphone
  • Browsing the Internet
  • Taking photos
  • Eating or drinking
  • Grooming
  • Adjusting the radio or temperature settings

It is tempting to use your cellphone or look away from the road for just a few seconds. What could happen, right? Wrong. In just seconds of taking your eyes off the road, you can cause a serious accident that puts your life and other motorists at risk for being injured or killed.

We all know the risks of distracted driving. Now it's time for all of us to start taking steps to prevent accidents caused by distractions to keep everyone safe in La Crosse and throughout the country.

If you have been injured in an accident caused by distracted driving, you have rights. An attorney can help you understand your legal options.

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