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Distracted driving and the smartphone epidemic

In previous generations, parents worried that their kids would become addicted to cigarettes, cocaine or heroin. They worried about underage drinking and drunk driving. They knew that these addictive substances could change their children's lives forever, could cause deadly car accidents and could even take their lives.

Texting and driving by the numbers

The reason that texting and driving continue to be a problem is that it's all too easy for many people to assume that it's "safe enough." They know that accidents happen, but they assume it won't happen to them. They may even think that the media makes a bigger deal out of the dangers than it should. They think they can text and drive safely, and so they keep doing it until they learn the hard way by getting into an accident.

'It won't happen to me' syndrome and car accidents

Have you ever seen someone doing something dangerous, warned them about it and then had them tell you that the negative outcome wouldn't happen to them? Maybe they like to dash across the road without going to a crosswalk, insisting they won't get hit. Maybe they like to go rock climbing without a rope, claiming they won't fall.

What kinds of automotive defects result in safety recalls?

There's no way to know in advance that you're about to purchase a defective automobile – and you could find yourself in possession of a "lemon," even if you buy an expensive luxury vehicle. Fortunately, in cases where a specific make and model of a car has dangerous problems associated with it, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will mandate a recall that requires the manufacturer to carry out a free replacement or repair.

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