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Men downplay their car accident risk when texting and driving

Texting while driving is a dangerous activity. However, many drivers still decide to take the risk of sending a quick message, or some think they can be more efficient if they send emails and text messages while commuting home from work. People often think that they haven't been in an accident so they must be effective multitasking.

A new study found that men are more likely to downplay the risk of texting and driving compared to women. Even though women send more text messages per day on average, men are more likely to text behind the wheel. The study said that this is because more men believe that they are good drivers and are effective at multitasking.

While men might think they are effective at multitasking, another study found that only about 3 percent of people can effectively perform more than one task at a time. Because most people can't multitask, texting while driving can put anyone at an increased risk of causing a car accident.

These car accidents don't just cause a financial and physical nightmare for the person that was texting. The other drivers and passengers involved can also be greatly effected by negligent texting while driving.

A victim of a texting driver might be wise to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. They can help a person understand their rights and work to help them seek compensation. This compensation can help them pay for medical expenses that might arise because of injuries in the accident, as well as any lost wages.

Source: LATimes.com, "Males downplay risk of texting and driving, study says," Monte Morin, Oct. 11, 2013

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