Willing to Kill for Beauty

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Although they may not realize it, nearly half of all women in a UK survey and almost 20-percent of people in the US, based on a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)study, are willing to kill so they can look good. This is because they engage in personal grooming behind the wheel, which is one of the leading causes of distracted driving today. The Facts Distracted driving, on the whole, is responsible for over 3,000 deaths and 420,000 injuries yearly, according to distraction.gov. Personal grooming takes a driver's cognitive, visual and manual focus away from the road and uses it on a needless task instead. Often, when the person behind the wheel engages in this behavior, he or she also adjusts the rear-view mirror, making itself-focused, so it no longer provides a view of activity outside the vehicle. Other times, the vanity mirror on the car's sun visor is used, which obstructs vision as well. This is anunnecessary and deadly practice. The US didn't start breaking down instances of distracted driving collisions by root cause until very recently. Because of this, there aren't any statistics from the NHTSA that shows how many were a result of grooming, versus cell-phone use or other issues that sidetrack a vehicle's operator. However, in a UK study, 3-percent of women openly admitted they had caused a collision in the past, because they were applying make-up. This results in about one-half-million crashes each year. It was also noted that one-fifth of women admitted to applying make-up while operating a vehicle that was in motion. Those Most Likely to Do it Women, especially those in their teens and twenties, are nearly three-times more likely to engage in grooming behind the wheel than men are. They frequently apply mascara, lipstick, powder, and other cosmetics instead of focusing on the road. Men are guilty of grooming as well, though they tend to take up activities like shaving. Both parties are known to style their hair, as well as using the vehicle's mirror to examine their appearance, when they should be looking for other cars and hazards. Although many of them claim they only perform these activities at stoplights or while waiting, this still causes them to be slow to move when conditions allow, and restricts their ability to see approaching vehicles. As a result, they're at a greater risk for being struck from behind by another vehicle.

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Accidents that are caused by someone's desire to groom behind the wheel are totally preventable. If you've been hurt, or a loved one has been killed, by another driver's negligent behavior, you may be entitled to compensation. It's important to have solid legal representation to ensure justice is carried out, and that you receive the settlement you need to cover medical bills and noneconomic damages. Seek medical treatment first. Then, when you are well enough, complete our online form, or speak with one of our attorneys by calling 1(800)610-2546, and tell us about your case.

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