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Too many fatal motor vehicle accidents follow distracted driving

In the fast lives of many British Columbia residents, it is almost inevitable that certain actions take place while driving because that is the only available time. It is not uncommon for a person to have a bite to eat, apply makeup, answer or send text messages and more during his or her commute to work. The need for people to multitask may be the cause of many fatal motor vehicle accidents, and distracted driving refers to much more than texting.

However, studies show that texting is the primary distraction for drivers -- and also the most dangerous one. Amazingly, it was recently reported that a tow truck driver crashed while operating two mobile phones -- dialling on one and texting on the other -- while driving the truck. It was also determined that even a moment of looking at a cellphone to dial a number significantly increases a driver's chances of crashing.

Passengers can cause distractions for drivers, but the dangers are reportedly exacerbated when those passengers are children. Bickering, misbehaving kids cause parents to turn around, and in those moments, disasters can strike. Another shocking report involved a mother who drove while breastfeeding her baby and talking on her mobile phone -- she was charged with child endangerment. Other distractions come with playing with the controls of entertainment systems, touchscreens and more, which are almost as bad as eating and drinking while driving. Some drivers are proud to be able to eat a burger while handling a cup of hot coffee and the steering wheel with the other hand; however, they may be setting themselves up for tragedy.

Too many fatal motor vehicle accidents can be blamed on distracted drivers. However, for surviving family members to prove that the driver that caused a loved one's death was distracted can be tough. Fortunately, the services of experienced wrongful death and personal injury lawyers are available to provide the necessary assistance. With professional guidance and support, the accident can be investigated, and financial relief can be pursued through the civil justice system of British Columbia.

Source: cars.usnews.com, "5 Risky Distracted Driving Behaviors", Lauren Deangelis, Nadeem Muaddi, Accessed on April 14, 2017

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