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Device aims to prevent distracted driving

We've all been there - you hear a notification on your phone and you know it's a text you need to respond to. But, you happen to be driving. Should you quickly look at it while you try your best to keep your eyes on the road? Unfortunately, it only takes seconds of distracted driving to cause a crash and injure yourself or others, or worse - cause a death.

But what if there was a way for your phone to halt any notifications or calls while you are driving, to avoid this predicament in the first place? A new technology called Groove does this. It's a device that plugs into your car, under the steering wheel, and lets your device know through the cloud that you are driving. Your wireless provider then blocks all texts, emails and social media notifications. It also prevents the driver from sending messages or posting on social media for the time being.

Distracted Driving Crash statistics

A device like Groove helps with the problem of distracted driving if the only distraction is your smartphone. Distracted driving is not only using your smartphone while driving, but also eating and drinking, having a conversation with passengers, putting on makeup or grooming, reading a map, using a GPS system to navigate, changing the radio station, CD or MP3 player or looking at your kids or pets through the rearview mirror.

Here are a few statistics and facts about how dangerous and prevalent distracted driving is:

• According to Distraction.gov, the U.S. government website for distracted driving, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes caused by distracted drivers in 2014.

• Text messaging while driving is "by far the most alarming distraction" according to Distraction.gov, because it takes visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver in order to do it.

• Drivers in their 20s make up 23 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes, but make up 38 percent of distracted drivers who were using cell phones in fatal crashes. This is according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration.

• Out of all drivers between ages 15 and 19 who were involved in fatal crashes, 10 percent of them were distracted at the time of the crash. This is the age group with the largest proportion of distracted drivers at the time of a crash.

• During the day across the country, at any given moment, approximately 666,000 drivers are using cell phones or electronic devices while driving.

If you were involved in a crash caused by someone else's negligence, such as distracted driving, it can have major health and financial repercussions. A personal injury lawyer can help prove who was at fault and seek maximum compensation if you were a victim of a crash.

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