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Louisiana ranks near the top for distracted driving accidents

For decades, there have been numerous public service campaigns about the dangers of impaired driving. Though these campaigns may have helped prevent some serious crashes, there is another dangerous habit that poses a serious threat to the lives of others: distracted driving accidents. According to a recent survey, Louisiana is in the top 10 when it comes to this potentially deadly behavior. 

According to data compiled from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Louisiana recorded an estimated 132 deaths that could be attributed to distracted driving. These figures represent a five-year total beginning dating back to 2013. That places Louisiana as the seventh most deadly state when it comes to driver distraction. That figure shows an accident rate for this problem at approximately 13% of fatal crashes, which is nearly twice the rate for the nation.

There are efforts being made to combat this problem. One sheriff's department operates an educational program that targets teen drivers to show them the consequences of distracted driving. The official in charge of the program stated that the goal is to shock young drivers into carefully deciding whether they are willing to risk their lives and the lives of innocent victims for the sake of using a cellphone while driving. In addition to this particular outreach, others are geared toward reminding motorists to choose safe driving over other activities.

"Thinkfirst" features a speaker who shares his story about becoming paralyzed after being involved in an accident. His goal is to warn young drivers that there are serious consequences when distractions take their attention away from the road. Those who are injured in distracted driving accidents may never fully recover from the effects of these crashes, which often lead to escalating financial losses. Those who have been injured -- or suffered the loss of a loved one -- can turn to an experienced attorney who can assist them in the process of filing a claim through the civil justice system.

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