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10 driving distractions that make the highways unsafe

It's clear from the staggering annual accident statistics that the road simply isn't as safe as most people assume it is. You may feel like serious car accidents only happen to other people, but the reality is that driving is one of the most dangerous forms of transportation. You're taking a serious risk every time you get behind the wheel.

Even if you never make a mistake, you put yourself at the mercy of hundreds and perhaps thousands of other drivers. Are you really confident that they're all as proficient and safe as you are?

One of the biggest reasons accidents keep happening is that drivers are often willfully distracted. They're simply not paying attention, despite moving at potentially fatal speeds in 4,000-pound machines. Below are 10 common distractions that investigators see all the time in New Hampshire:

  1. Daydreaming.
  2. Rubbernecking.
  3. Texting and talking on cellphones.
  4. Interacting with other people in the car.
  5. Drinking and eating, even when alcohol isn't involved.
  6. Reaching to pick something up -- often a cellphone.
  7. Using devices like a GPS.
  8. Changing the radio station or adjusting the in-car climate controls.
  9. Smoking cigarettes.
  10. Interacting with unrestrained pets or getting distracted by insects.

Remember, all it takes is a second of inattention for an accident to occur. A driver who looks down to text and doesn't see traffic stopped at a red light, for instance, could slam right into the back of another car, and that other driver has no way to avoid the crash.

If you have been injured in an accident with a distracted driver, make sure you know what legal rights to you have to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and the like.

Source: Infinity Auto, "Distracted Driving - 10 Dangerous Distractions," accessed March 06, 2018

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