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What are the consequences of distracted driving?

Each day, drivers become distracted while they are in control of a vehicle for various reasons. Often, cell phones are the reason why a driver becomes distracted, whether they are responding to a text message, reading an email or talking to someone. However, there are many other types of behavior that can result in distracted driving, which has serious consequences for people across the state of Montana.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 3,477 lives were claimed by distracted driving throughout 2015. In addition to the loss of life, these accidents also left 391,000 people with injuries. On top of cell phones, drivers can be distracted by other people riding in the vehicle, the radio, the food they are trying to eat or by their attempt to retrieve something from the floor. Moreover, there are other consequences associated with distracted driving, such as property damage and even fines.

When someone is hurt in a distracted driving crash, the consequences can extend far beyond physical pain and medical expenses. For example, a victim may be unable to enjoy their life to the fullest due to a permanent disability, or they could be kept from returning to work. When lives are lost, the loved ones of those who are taken too soon may have emotional pain that never goes away and financial problems. If a distracted driver has shattered your sense of normalcy by causing an accident, you should go over your legal options soon and have them held responsible for what they have caused.

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