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Smartphones can be a deadly distraction for young drivers

From step-by-step navigation instructions to quick emergency calls, a smartphone can make driving significantly easier and safer. While making some drivers safer, the convenience of a smartphone can also increase the likelihood of a car accident, particularly for young drivers.

Drivers in their 20s are an over-represented demographic in fatal distracted car accident cases, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Only 23 percent of drivers are in their 20s, but this group accounts for 38 percent of all distracted drivers who are in smartphone-related fatal car accidents.

The problem of smartphone distraction is even worse for teen drivers. NHTSA statistics show that drivers between 15 and 19 years old represent the largest portion of distracted drivers and 10 percent of all drivers involved in fatal distracted driving crashes.

Although young drivers are disproportionately susceptible to the temptation to use a smartphone while driving, the habit is shared among all types of drivers. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that there are more than 660,000 distracted drivers on the road during a typical daylight moment. This means that responsible drivers have to remain vigilant to help ensure their safety.

Solutions to texting and driving

There are several ways that parents can help prevent their teen drivers from texting and driving. In addition to having continued conversations and reminders about the dangers of distracted driving, there are many high-tech solutions as well. Phone carriers such as Verizon often recommend apps that can block texting while driving. Common features of these safety apps are blocking incoming texts and calls, and preventing outgoing texts while the vehicle is in motion.

If a distracted driving car accident does happen, there are several ways that a driver can receive compensation for one's injuries. A personal injury lawyer can help a car accident victim explore legal options and determine the best course of action. In addition to filing a lawsuit against a distracted driver, an experienced car accident attorney can also help an individual handle issues with one's insurance company and identi fy other potentially liable parties.

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