The Dangers of Distracted Driving
You might drive on the roadways everyday, but are your eyes always on the road and are your hands always on the steering wheel? Simple things like adjusting the radio station or talking to passengers can distract drivers, even if only for few seconds. However, even a few seconds of distracted driving could have devastating consequences.
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving occurs anytime a driver engages in an activity that could divert their attention away from the primary task of driving. Distracted driving can be broken down into three categories: visual, manual, and cognitive. Visual distractions happen when a driver takes their eyes off the road, manual distractions involve taking their hands off the steering wheel, and cognitive distractions occur when the driver takes their mind off of the task of driving.
Driving distractions can include:
• Cell phone use
• Eating or drinking
• Talking to passengers
• Using a GPS
• Adjusting the radio
Why Is Distracted Driving So Dangerous?
On average, drivers take their eyes off the road for five seconds while texting while driving. This might not seem like much, but considering your vehicle could travel the length of a football field in those five seconds at 55 miles per hour, this could cause catastrophic injuries. Other activities like putting on makeup or eating force a driver to take their eyes off of the road and hands off of the steering wheel for even longer.
How Widespread Is The Problem?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), at any given moment during the day, as many as 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or electronic devices while driving, and this only accounts for one type of distracted driving. In 2014, a total of 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 injured in motor vehicles crashes involving distracted drivers. It’s important to remember that distracted driving doesn’t just put the driver and his or her passengers at risk, it puts other motorists on the road at risk as well.
Houston Car Accident Attorneys
There is no excuse for distracted driving. If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you deserve compensation for your injuries. Call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Blizzard Law PLLC today for a free consultation.