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How to reduce the odds of driving while distracted

California motorists may be putting others at risk by using their smartphones while driving. This may be true even as cars come with automatic braking and lane departure warning systems. However, according to a Consumer Reports survey, 52 percent of respondents who were licensed drivers said that they used their phone to send messages or watch videos. To help guard against smartphone use while driving, Apple has introduced a mode that can blocks incoming calls or messages.

Apps can also be downloaded to Android or iPhone devices to achieve the same result. Those who absolutely need to use their phone while driving should use voice commands instead. This can be done by pairing the phone before putting it out of reach. Drivers are also encouraged to refrain from using infotainment systems as they can be just as distracting. Consumer Reports does factor the risk of distracted driving caused by infotainment systems into its safety ratings.

Staying away from smartphone or console use may be a good idea even if cars have advanced safety features. It is also important to note that installing apps to limit how phones may be used is a voluntary step drivers may take.

If a person is injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, it may be possible to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. The person who may have caused the crash may be liable for damages incurred such as current or future medical bills. It may also be possible to ask for compensation for lost wages or lost future earnings.

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