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With whom are distracted drivers communicating?

At least with respect to New York City itself, people have the impression of a lot of busy people moving quickly to get home or get to work.

These busy people, often professionals, will often have phones in their hands, and they may feel the need to make that all-important phone call or send what they see as a critical text or email while they drive down the road.

As much as people might justify these work-related calls as necessary, the reality is that they are rarely so important that it is acceptable for a driver to take his or her eyes and mind off the road. Not only is this behavior illegal, it is also quite dangerous and can easily lead to a car accident.

Interestingly, though, at least according to one recent report, work-related texts are not the predominant problem when it comes to distracted driving. Rather, most drivers who admitted to texting and driving, 44 percent, admitted to doing so with their spouse or significant other.

An additional 23 percent admitted to texting and driving with their children. Another one in three said they were doing so with friends.

Clearly, texting and driving for social reasons is a problem among all ages of drivers, not just those who are younger. While this may come as a bit of a surprise, when one considers that over 60 percent of motorists said they engaged in texting and driving because they thought an emergency might be afoot involving their loved ones, it makes a bit more sense.

Whatever the reasons, though, motorists need to remember either not to text and drive at all or, if they feel they must respond to a text, pull over to a safe spot that will not endanger other people on the road. If a driver fails to take these simple steps and causes an accident as a result, then an accident victim may be able to obtain compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.

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