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Serious car accident caused by praying woman, driver sentenced

When most people think about distracted driving, they think about drivers who eating, on the phone, texting, putting on makeup or similar activities. But, have you ever thought of prayer as an activity that might be considered distracted driving? If not, you might after you hear about one grandmother's accident.

In August of 2014, a grandmother who was taking her grandchildren out of her car was struck by a car. Authorities blamed the accident on using a cellphone or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Neither of those was the case. The woman's cellphone record showed she wasn't using her phone. Testing revealed that she didn't have drugs or alcohol in her system.

The 62-year-old female driver claims that she was having some issues in her personal life around the time of the accident. She maintains that she was praying when the accident occurred. She says that she occasionally put her head down.

The 50-year-old grandmother suffered from a broken neck, as well as other injuries, in the accident. Her husband doesn't believe the woman's prayer story because he says the a Christian woman would have attempted to see how his wife was doing but hasn't done that.

The praying driver faced a vehicular assault charge. She received three years on probation, was placed in an intervention program and ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution.

This case shows that distracted driving can take on a full range of distractions. If you were injured in an accident, discovering if the driver was distracted is often one of the steps toward seeking compensation. Knowing how to determine this, as well as how to proceed with your claims, can help you as you seek compensation.

Source: Fox 8, "Woman says praying behind the wheel caused crash that injured grandmother," Jack Shea, July 21, 2015

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