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Louisiana drivers among nation's most distracted

Louisiana drivers are some of the most distracted in the country, at least when it comes to phone use. This comes from statistics about mobile phone usage behind the wheel released by Everdrive, a mobile app that tracks driver safety practices. In Louisiana, 45 percent of car trips involved mobile phone usage by the driver. This is the second highest rate in the nation, behind only the neighboring state of Mississippi, which reached 47 percent. Most of the states with the highest rates of phone usage while driving are in the South, including Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.

Distracted driving is a major threat to public safety on the roads, especially as smartphones have become a constant feature of daily life and interaction. Driving with eyes and mind off of the road can lead to serious car accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 more were injured in 2015 due to distracted driving. Of course, phone usage is not the only type of distracted driving. Even behaviors like eating, applying makeup or fiddling with the radio or entertainment system can cause material distractions as people take the wheel.

The results of the study are based on data gathered from 300,000 users of the app. If anything, the study may understate the prevalence of phone usage while driving as users of a safe driving tracking app may be less likely to engage in dangerous behaviors while behind the wheel.

Accidents caused by distracted and other forms of negligent driving can cause severe injuries and lifelong disabilities. People who have been injured through no fault of their own can work with attorneys to seek compensation for the damages they have incurred.

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