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Some claim being lost in thought is the biggest distraction

Distractions contribute to a lot of auto accidents. For example, drivers who smoke cause 1 percent of all accidents while trying to put out or light their cigarettes. Another 1 percent of wrecks are caused by things moving around in the car -- like a dog jumping into the front seat or a can of sunscreen rolling under your feet.

Cellphones get the blame for a lot of accidents, and rightly so, but some reports indicate that just 12 percent of all wrecks are linked to cell phone use. That's perhaps not as high as you'd think, considering all of the press they get.

That same report, though, claims that the most dangerous thing of all is simply when a driver becomes lost in thought. His or her mind wanders, and the car veers out of control.

Most people have experienced this in one form or another, even if it didn't lead to a wreck. Maybe you were thinking about work you had to get done before the weekend. Maybe you were mulling over how you could balance your school work and your social life. Maybe you were just really getting into the song on the radio, singing along and not watching the road.

In just seconds, a car can cover the length of a football field. It doesn't take much of a distraction to cause an accident.

If another driver was distracted, no matter the reason, and you were injured in a wreck, you may be able to seek compensation. That driver's distraction could have brought on extensive pain and suffering, high medical bills, long-term or short-term lost wages, and more.

Source: Safe Start, "Top 10 Causes of Distracted Driving—and What They All Have in Common," accessed Dec. 15, 2016

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