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Talking to passengers distracts drivers, study concludes

In a recent year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that there were 391,000 injuries and 3,477 fatalities in the United States due to distracted driving.

Little Rock residents understand that there are many types of distracting behaviors that can affect one's driving ability — texting, interacting with electronic devices, and even eating or drinking.

What is a commercial truck’s “no-zone”?

When you share the road with a commercial truck, it is always important to remember when the driver can, and more importantly cannot, see you and your vehicle. Commercial trucks operate much differently than consumer vehicles, even larger SUVs, and commercial drivers face a number of limitations that consumer drivers do not.

One of the most significant and dangerous limitations to commercial truck drivers is lack of visibility around the cab and trailer of the truck. Drivers who ignore these blind spots place themselves and others in serious danger, increasing the risk of an accident. You can help keep yourself and others safe by remaining mindful of these limitations when sharing the road with commercial vehicles.

Smartphones, addiction and distracted driving

You've probably joked with co-workers or family members, telling them they're addicted to their smartphones.

Maybe you were the only person at a table during a social gathering who wasn't looking down at his or her phone, and you suddenly realized that no one was actually socializing. Maybe you were at the movies and all you could see was the blue glow of the phone screens. Perhaps you were riding in the passenger seat of a car and you watched as the driver repeatedly checked his or her phone and even tried to send a text message.

4 ways you can spot a distracted driver

Even with cities and states across the country passing ordinances and laws about cellphone use and driving, it seems that every day there is a story in the news about a car accident due to distracted driving. The reality is that texting and talking are not the only causes of distracted driving. Any kind of multitasking that goes on behind the wheel can cause a driver to be distracted. Even in the second it takes to adjust the thermostat settings, a tragic accident can occur.

While it might be impossible to determine what another driver is doing while cruising through the Little Rock area, there are signs you can watch for that might point to a distracted driver.

Dealing with a low-ball insurance settlement offer

A serious motor vehicle accident can leave you unable to work and dealing with an ever-increasing stack of medical bills. The average person working in Arkansas probably doesn't have several months' worth of living expenses saved for immediate use. You may have funds, but they're probably locked up in a retirement account with penalties and taxes for early withdrawal, and you may feel like you're at the mercy of the insurance companies handling your claim.

The insurance companies know that you're under financial stress, and they may try to use that fact against you. Many will wait for days or even weeks before addressing your claim. At that point, you're already getting bills for your medical care.

What if police won't come to your car crash?

Imagine you just got into a car accident. You're worried about the damage to your vehicle and the crick in your neck. The other driver was at fault, and you want to make sure that you can recover financial compensation relating to your injuries and property damages.

The problem is, police say they aren't available to tend to the accident scene.

Researchers say texting keeps a protective "sixth sense" from working

You see at least one every day on your daily commute to and from work: a driver who is multitasking while behind the wheel. From playing with the radio to eating and even engaging in some personal grooming, many people seem to think that they should be getting other things done while driving. Recent studies have given more weight to something most of us already know: texting while driving is the most dangerous kind of distracted driving.

Researchers say that texting undermines a "sixth sense" that normally helps to keep us safe behind the wheel.

5 startling statistics about car accidents

Car accidents are so common -- you see evidence of them every week. Maybe you come up behind a recent accident or get stuck in the traffic backup it creates. Maybe you see an ambulance or firetruck tear by on the way to a crash scene. Maybe you just see the skid marks in the grass, ending at a broken treeline, and you know someone crashed.

Even so, the statistics themselves can be striking. Here are five that help to shed some light on what causes so many accidents.

Didn't get enough sleep? Don't get behind the wheel while drowsy.

It's pretty common for people to go to sleep too late and to get up too early. With children, work, school and other activities to keep you busy, there may not seem to be enough hours in the day for everything you want to do and the eight hours of sleep you need.

Unfortunately, not getting enough sleep has the potential to cause you to get into a serious car accident. When you don't sleep enough, you're as dangerous as someone who is drunk behind the wheel.

4 eating and driving statistics you must know

The restaurant business, at least when it comes to fast food, seems specifically created to cater to eating and driving. Yes, technically speaking, you can hit the drive-thru and then go home to eat. But how many times do you simply want to eat while you drive?

Maybe you're running late for work in Little Rock and you need that precious morning cup of coffee. Maybe you're heading back home after a long day at the office and you can't sit through the entire 60-minute commute without something to eat. Aren't these situations exactly what the drive-thru is for?

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