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Research shows risk of a distracted driver in school zones

It is important to keep track of studies on dangerous road behaviors, so if there is a car accident, there is a point-of-reference as to how it might have happened. One of the most common reasons for these crashes in California is due to a distracted driver. Texting, driving and other activities that take a driver's eyes from the road can cause a car crash with injuries and fatalities.

Some of the most vulnerable people are students in school zones. A study from Zendrive examined drivers from 2,000 counties in the U.S. to check the safety numbers and determine which had the highest rate of safety and danger.

The study looked at more than four million drivers, and the most dangerous state for students was California. Three of the 10 most dangerous counties were in the state. Orange County and Los Angeles Count were sixth and seventh, respectively.

California was also second for distracted driving and for drivers aggressively speeding up in school zones. The state was found to be the worst for drivers hitting the brakes hard in school areas. The most dangerous time for students was found to be between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. This is when kids are being picked up or leaving their school after taking part in after school activities.

The study used sensors from close to 4 million phones and checked approximately 75,000 schools. This research mirrors another Zendrive study that showed 88 percent of U.S. drivers drive and use their phone simultaneously.

These statistics are troublesome not just because of the danger that these drivers present, but also that they are placing young people at risk. A distracted driver can hit others, cause injuries with massive medical expenses, and perhaps lead to a fatality. After car accidents, it is important to be aware of the statistics and the potential of it being due to a distracted driver and act accordingly with a potential lawsuit.

Source: ibtimes.com, "Study: Distracted Driving Endangers Children In School Zones," AJ Dellinger, Sept. 17, 2017

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