As easy as it is to become distracted behind the wheel, it can pose a considerable threat to yourself and other drivers on the road. On average, nearly 8 people a day die due to distracted driving.
People tend to believe that distracted driving is only texting and driving. However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving. Distracted driving can include any of the following:
- Eating and drinking
- texting while driving
- Adjusting your radio
- Fidgeting with your navigation system
In most states, texting and driving is illegal and can result in a large fine or jail time, depending on the severity of the offense. Cell phone usage when driving is most common in the younger demographic. In fact, twenty-five percent of distracted drivers involved in fatal car crashes were between the ages of 20-29.
Types of Distracted Driving
Cell phone usage behind the wheel is the most common form of distracted driving, but not the only one. According to the CDC There are three classifications of distracted driving:
- Manual: taking your hands off the wheel
- Visual: taking your eyes off the wheel
- Cognitive: taking your mind off the wheel
How to Prevent Distracted Driving
Many laws have been put into place to help prevent distracted driving across the country. Some laws ban texting and driving, limit the number of young passengers who can ride with teens, or even enforce hands-free laws. In addition to laws set in place, we as drivers can help prevent distracted driving. When driving, do not multitask. Do things like adjusting mirrors, tuning your radio, or inputting your address into your navigation before starting your drive. If you find yourself struggling to stay off of your phone behind the wheel, there are apps you can download to help reduce your distractions.
If you or a member of your family has been injured as a result of a distracted driver, please contact the personal injury attorneys at Vahdat & Aboudi, APLC.. We can help you learn about your rights to financial compensation. We have the experience to fight distracted drivers to ensure that you receive fair compensation.
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