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Strategies for avoiding distracted driving

A study of drivers between the ages of 18 to 24 conducted by The Zebra found that 39% of respondents admitted to texting while driving. Interestingly, people do so despite knowing that it can be dangerous. Montana motorists who are tempted to drive while distracted can use several strategies to avoid doing so. For instance, they should set their GPS, find a radio station and otherwise get ready for their trip before the car starts moving.

Motorists are encouraged to pull over if they have a need to check a text message or confirm directions given by a GPS. Doing so can help them avoid driving while their eyes are not focused on the road. Ideally, drivers will keep their phones in a handbag or in the glove compartment while operating their motor vehicles.

Keeping the phone out of sight or out of reach might make it less tempting to use it while on the road. It is important to point out that passengers can be distracting as well. Therefore, it may be a good idea to limit the number of people who are in a car with a driver at any given time. Individuals are encouraged to speak up if they aren't comfortable driving with multiple people in their vehicles.

Drivers who are distracted for any reason when they cause a car accident may be liable for damages victims incur. These may include the cost of current or future medical bills and lost wages. A personal injury attorney may be able to negotiate a favorable settlement on behalf of a victim using the available evidence.

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