Auto accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and death in the United States.
These accidents can involve multiple motor vehicles, a motor vehicle and
a bicycle, or even a motor vehicle and a
pedestrian. Regardless of who is involved, one of the leading contributors to these
accidents today is distracted driving.
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is when a person drives while allowing some other activity
to distract him or her from focusing on driving. According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nine people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured each
day by a distracted driver in the United States. That means each year
3,285 people are killed and 420,845 people are injured in our country
by the negligence of distracted drivers. These people can be distracted
by technologies like GPS devices, cell phones, or stereo systems. Electronic
devices are far from the only source of distraction, however. Any activity
a driver does while driving can act as a distraction. Similarly, if there
are passengers in the car, the passengers can act as a distraction, particularly
if the driver is relatively inexperienced.
What are the Three Types of Distracted Driving?
There are three main types of distractions one can encounter while driving.
Visual distractions are distractions that cause a driver to take his or
her eyes off of the road. Texting while driving is a classic example of
this distraction. While a driver glances down to read a text message,
he or she is no longer paying attention to what is going on around the
car. During this brief moment, a pedestrian could walk into an unmarked
crosswalk, an animal could run into the road, or a bicyclist could pull
into the driver’s blind spot. Since the driver is not paying attention,
he or she will not notice these things and a crash becomes much more likely.
Manual distractions are distractions that cause a driver to take his or
her hands off of the wheel. the classic example of this distraction is
when a driver uses both hands to light a cigarette while driving. While
those hands are off the wheel, the driver has substantially diminished
control over the car. If anything unexpected happens, the driver may not
be able to react in time and may cause an accident.
Cognitive distractions are distractions that take your mind off of driving.
Passengers can be a major cognitive distraction, especially for inexperienced
drivers. While most drivers are perfectly capable of carrying on a simple
conversation while driving, emotional or argumentative conversations can
lead a driver to not think about what he or she is doing on the road.
Similarly, drivers who are distraught, angry, or worried because of something
that happened before or while they were in the car may be more focused
on the source of that emotion than on the task of driving. This can lead
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