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The causes of distracted driving

According to a study from The Harris Poll and Volvo, most drivers believe that they perform better behind the wheel than others on the road. However, the truth is that most drivers in Arizona and throughout the country are distracted while operating a motor vehicle. The study found that this is generally true regardless of how old a driver is despite stereotypes about the driving habits of millennials and Generation Z.

Anyone born between the middle of the 1990s and the middle of the 2000s typically qualifies as a member of Generation Z. According to the study, 51 percent of respondents in that age group said it was harder to focus on a single task compared to 5 years ago. Among all respondents, 43 percent said that using a phone was the single biggest distraction while driving. This topped a list that included other passengers, children and changing a GPS.

Furthermore, those who participated in the study found that distracted driving was the biggest threat on the road. Other common dangers cited were speeding and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. To help focus while on the road, 33 percent of participants said that they drive in silence while 32 percent said that they disable their phones while the car is in motion.

Those who engage in distracted driving may be found negligent if they are in a car accident. Examples of distracted driving include using a cellphone or operating a motor vehicle while impaired. Cellphone records or driver statements may be used as evidence that negligence played a role in causing an accident to happen. Injured victims may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, lost wages and lost future earnings. Other damages may be awarded depending on the facts of the case.

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