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Reading while Driving

Any way you slice it, being on the road means responsibility. Nowhere is this fundamental truth more evident than in the social initiatives and legal campaigns against drunk driving. It has also come to light in cases of talking on a cell phone or, more recently, texting while driving. While evidence is still being collected on the latter of these points, initial data suggests a disproportionate possibility of fatal results.

However, in the midst of alcohol concerns and the question concerning technology, one type of behavior manages to often slip by our radar. At least as old as drunk-driving, reading or writing while driving is a major distraction that endangers millions of motorists every year.

Candid home videos have captured reckless drivers reading novels at upwards of 70 miles per hour on busy freeways, even highlighting and taking notes on the text. To bring home the message of just how dangerous reading can be, a recent study showed that keeping your eyes glued to the page or reading an email on a hand-held device can result in a slower reaction-time than legal intoxication (blood level of 0.08%).

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Multitasking behind the wheel can come in a disturbingly vast number of forms, from breakfast on the go to applying makeup or shaving. These actions don’t seem like a big deal until we pause to consider the real dangers of distraction.

If you or someone you love has been hurt in an automobile collision, and you believe another person’s reckless behavior, such as reading while driving, was at fault, contact the experienced Kenosha car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today by calling 800-242-2874.