We all know the dangers of distracted driving, but many engage in the dangerous practice anyway. Perhaps some think they can text while drive because they are good at multitasking. Many people simply have the mindset that car accidents, like other tragedies, are things that happens to other people. By examining just how dangerous distracted driving is, we hope we can deter people from doing it, thus making our roads safer.
Three deadly distractions
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8 people in the United States are killed every day due to distracted driving. Distracted driving comes in three forms:
- Visual distraction: Taking your eyes off the road.
- Manual distraction: Taking your hands off the steering wheel.
- Mental distraction: Taking your mind off operating a motor vehicle.
What makes certain types of distracted driving so dangerous is that they involve all three types of distraction at the same time. In a case of texting while driving, a driver’s eyes and hands are on his phone while his mind is working on what to type or processing the text he just read. The chances of a driver in such a distracted state causing an accident are dangerously high.
Make a positive difference
If you engage in distracted driving, we hope this information will encourage you to save that text or phone call until you’re home and the car is parked in the garage. Waiting just a few minutes can spare you, a loved one or a stranger you’re sharing the road with a lifetime of hardship.
If you have been injured by a distracted driver, make sure to explore all of the legal options available to you. You may be entitled to compensation for the losses you have suffered due to this dangerous practice.