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Preventing distracted driving in Florida

April has been designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the National Safety Council in an effort to highlight how dangerous inattentiveness may be. These days, it is possible to make calls, update social media accounts and send emails while driving to work or other destinations. While it may seem safer to perform these tasks without the use of a driver's hands, it is just as distracting.

This is because the human brain can only focus on one task at a time. Even if someone is talking through a headset, that person is still focused as much as or more on the conversation as on the road. Fortunately, many states limit when and how cellphones and other devices can be used while driving.

Many companies have also limited when and how employees can use a cellphone in a car while on the clock. In fact, the city of Tulsa has instituted a total ban on the use of cellphones for its employees. Cellphones are not the only source of distraction, of course. Reaching for a cup of coffee, adjusting the volume on a radio or looking at a GPS device can be dangerous as well.

The devastating financial consequences for a person who has been injured in a car accident can include out-of-pocket medical expenses as well as lost wages. When the accident has been caused by another driver who was distracted or otherwise negligent, a personal injury attorney can often be of assistance in seeking compensation from the at-fault motorist for these and other losses that have been incurred by the victim.

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