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Distracted driving statistics: These should keep you on your toes

When driving, it's critical to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. Any distraction can take your mind away from the task at hand, thus increasing the risk of an accident.

The Zebra, a well-known online insurance broker, recently conducted a distracted driving study. By consulting with 2,000 drivers on driving behaviors and attitudes, they're able to share the following statistics:

  • 37 percent of respondents between the age of 18 and 34 said they feel a high level of pressure to respond to work-related messages while driving.
  • Parents with young children in the vehicle are more likely to become distracted than those with no young children.
  • 33 percent of female drivers said they have taken photos while driving.
  • 10 percent of iPhone users said they have watched YouTube videos while driving.
  • 16 percent of iPhone users say they never become distracted while driving. This increases to 23 percent for Android users.
  • Distracted driving is the cause of approximately 58 percent of accidents involving teenage drivers.

It's these types of distracted driving statistics that should keep you focused at all times.

If another driver causes an accident, move to safety and examine yourself for injuries. You should also call 911 if you require police or medical assistance.

At the first opportunity, consult with your insurance agent on the steps to file a claim. This is also a good time to learn more about the cause of the accident, as doing so will help you protect your legal rights and obtain compensation from the negligent party.

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