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texting while driving, Crystal Lake Personal Injury AttorneysThe Centers For Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nine people are killed daily as a result of distracted drivers, and thousands of others injured. The types of distractions that cause these deaths and accidents are summarized as visual, manual, or cognitive.

A driver can be distracted while driving due to driving while eating, changing stations on the radio, applying makeup, and using a cell phone. Distracted drivers can cause accidents and injuries to drivers, cyclists, and even pedestrians.

Text messaging often meets the definition of distraction under each category—when most people manually compose and send a text message while driving, their eyes are often off the road, as are their minds and at least one hand. Texting and driving is not limited to teens either, as more and more adults are engaging in the same behavior.

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hands-free media use, llinois personal injury lawyerUsing a cellphone to talk or text while driving can be distracting and dangerous. In fact, Illinois has passed a law forbidding the use of electronic communication devices while driving. Yet, this law may be doing more harm than good—many people do not realize the dangers of driving hands-free.

A new study from the University of Utah's Psychology Department reveals that hands-free media use may not be that effective at preventing distractions. In some cases, it can even be more likely to cause a traffic accident than talking on a handheld cell phone.

The Study's Findings

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