Texting and driving is a serious problem that has become prevalent in just about every state from coast-to-coast. In fact, many states have passed texting and driving laws making this offense punishable by a fine. In many cases, drivers may only use hands-free devices when operating a vehicle.
Statistics On Distracted Driving
Car accidents from texting and driving have quickly become so common they may be more prevalent than DUI. Texting contributes to thousands of accidents – and many deaths – each and every year. Even drivers who are scrupulously careful about everything they do remain at risk of another’s negligence.
Some important statistics to bear in mind about texting and driving risks:
- About nine Americans are killed in a distracted driving accident every day;
- When a car crash occurs, there is about a 25 percent chance a cell phone is involved;
- People take their eyes off the road for an average of five seconds to answer a text.
The Many Ways Distracted Driving Can Happen
When people think of distracted driving, they usually think of cell phone use. However, there are many other ways that a driver can become distracted while driving. Any type of distraction may be enough to impair your ability to respond to a sudden change in road conditions.
Experts have identified at least three major types of driving distractions to watch for:
A visual distraction is anything that leads you to take your eyes off the road for any length of time. Glancing down at a cell phone to look at a text message is a serious visual distraction, even if you do not do anything to answer the message at that moment.
Manual distractions include anything that causes you to take your hands off the wheel. Common examples include eating, searching the center console for items or applying makeup. Manual distractions may cause your vehicle to drift and leave you unable to respond to hazards.
A cognitive distraction is anything that takes your mind off the road. Naturally, this is a large category. It is important to remain as focused as you can while operating a vehicle. Music and even conversation can become very distracting under certain circumstances.
Were You or a Loved One in a Distracted Driving Accident?
If you’ve suffered a car accident as a result of texting and driving, it’s vital to get legal representation. Courts across the country take distracted driving seriously, so find a lawyer that specializes in personal injury to represent you.
Advice for People Using Their Phone On the Road
If you find yourself compelled to look at your mobile phone while driving, whether to read a text, send one, or check another notification, you’re not only putting yourself at risk but also those who may be in your car and other drivers around you.
If you have an iPhone, there’s a new feature called Do Not Disturb While Driving that, well, does just that. There are similar apps for Android phones. We highly recommend using one of these apps to help ensure you get where you’re going safely.
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If you’ve been the victim of a distracted driver in Las Vegas, whether walking, riding your bike, or in a vehicle, contact the Powell Law Firm.