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Distracted driving a generational problem

A study conducted by Volvo and The Harris Poll made some interesting findings regarding distracted driving. Texas drivers should know that the number one distraction for people behind the wheel is mobile devices. The people who admit to using their phones while driving, though, fall unexpectedly into several groups.

Specifically, Gen Xers are tied with Millennials as the most likely to use their phones while driving with 81 percent of those surveyed admitting it. Among members of Generation Z, 71 percent admitted using their phones while driving. Baby boomers were divided into two groups with 64 percent of older boomers and 72 percent of younger boomers admitting to using their phones while driving.

Only 11 percent of drivers said their children were the number one distraction to them on the road. Other passengers distract 9 percent of drivers the most while setting the GPS distracts 8 percent and changing the music was the number one distraction for 5 percent of those surveyed. None of them came close to the phone, which was listed as the number one distraction by 43 percent of drivers.

At the same time, 51 percent of those in Gen Z said they had more trouble focusing on tasks than they did five years ago, and 54 percent say it's more difficult for them to get things done because of distractions. The temptation to do several things at once is strong, but driving while distracted is dangerous.

People who have been injured in distracted driving car accidents may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses or other damages. An attorney with experience in personal injury law may be able to help by gathering evidence and conducting depositions in preparation for trial or by attempting to negotiate settlement with the other side.

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