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To whom are distracted drivers sending texts?

Distracted driving kills. Yet, motorists in the Albuquerque area and throughout New Mexico continue to engage in this dangerous behavior. A recent report suggested that in spite of all the evidence, many motorists are still willing to take the risk of reading or sending a quick text while they drive their car.

For instance, while some justified their texting and driving habit as necessary to stay in contact with their supervisors, relatively few people speak to managers or colleagues while behind the wheel. Indeed, most people, a little under half, are communicating with a spouse or a significant other. About one third of those surveyed were talking with close friends, and a little under 1 in 4 were communicating with their children.

In other words, it seems that most people engage in texting and driving for personal, not professional, reasons. When asked why, many, about 60 percent, said that they wanted to be sure they were not ignoring an emergency communication. When one thinks about it, this makes sense because people naturally worry about their loved ones.

Still, there are few things that are so much of an emergency that they require a person to take a text right away, without even taking just a moment to pull over to the side of the road. But, taking one's eyes off the road, even for a second, can cause a deadly or serious car accident. In these sorts of situations, a victim or the victim's family may get compensation for their losses through legal action.

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