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LOS ANGELES — In his documentaries, Werner Herzog has examined grizzly bears, plane crash survivors, and death row inmates. For his latest project, the 70-year-old filmmaker is exploring the dangers of texting while driving in ‘‘From One Second to the Next,’’ a 35-minute film that emotionally recounts how lives have been changed.

‘‘In one second, entire lives are either wiped out or changed forever,” he said. “That kind of emotional resonance is something that I knew I could cover.’’

The film will be available at ItCanWait.com and distributed by AT&T to 40,000 high schools, as well as to hundreds of safety organizations and government agencies.

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What inspired Herzog to direct what’s essentially a public-service announcement?

“I see there’s something going on in civilization which is coming with great vehemence at us,’’ he said.