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Distracted driving remains a problem

Most Minnesotans are probably aware of the risks of distracted driving. However, a new study shows that distractions are still a major problem for motorists. Auto manufacturer Volvo teamed up with the Harris Poll to gather more information about exactly what is keeping motorists from being more focused on the task of driving safely.

The study, which was conducted by polling two separate groups of 2,000 Americans each, reveals that a majority of respondents identify distracted driving as a substantial hazard affecting highway safety. Ninety percent of those questioned believed there are more distractions behind the wheel now than five years ago. Nearly twice as many people said distracted driving is more troubling to them than people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The next highest perceived threats were speeding and aggressive driving. More than half of those surveyed indicated feeling anxious when too busy. This anxiety accompanies them behind the wheel and can affect roadway safety for all.

The specific distractions identified by survey respondents are at least somewhat predictable, with cellular phones and other devices being named as the number one distraction by 43 percent of those surveyed. Other commonly mentioned distractions include children, other passengers and music. The safest way to drive is in silence with a phone on 'do not disturb" mode. Furthermore, GPS devices should be programmed prior to departure and not while driving. The problem of distracted driving cuts across all generational lines, with millennials and Gen Xers being most likely to use their phones while driving.

There are many causes of car accidents. That's why experienced accident lawyers understand the importance of examining every bit of data on behalf of their clients. Getting a legal consultation can help provide an injured victim with some much-needed peace of mind after a car crash.

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