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Drivers who use cellphones also engage in other risky behaviors

Most everyone in Illinois knows that driving while talking on a cellphone or texting is dangerous. The common issue with using a cellphone is that drivers are literally taking their eyes and minds off of the road. This can end up leading to an accident.

According to an AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study, what is even more frightening is that many drivers who use their phones also tend to engage in other risky driving behaviors, such as speeding, driving tired and not wearing a seatbelt. A number of drivers who talk on their cellphones also text or send emails while driving.

The study found that among those who admitted to "fairly often or regularly" using their cellphones while driving in the past 30 days, 65 percent also admitted to speeding. Another 44 percent said they had driven while drowsy and 29 percent said they drove without a seat belt on. Another 53 percent also said that in the past month, aside from talking on a cellphone, they had sent a text or email while driving.

When looking at why, it appears that part of the issue is that those who talk on a cellphone while driving quite frequently believe they are better at multitasking than other drivers on the road. These drivers also tend to be the ones to think that it is the other drivers talking or texting that is a direct threat to their safety, yet fail to see they are doing the exact same thing.

In Illinois, while texting and driving is against the law, there are many drivers who still attempt to read or send off a quick message while behind the wheel. In cases where it is believed that texting while driving led to an accident, this level of negligence can be brought up while pursing compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: MSN Autos, "Drivers on cellphones prone to other dangerous behaviors, AAA says," Douglas Newcomb, Jan. 28, 2013

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