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How Dangerous is Distracted Driving?

Whether you are changing the radio station, talking to a passenger, or texting someone while you are driving, you are exposed to the many dangers of distracted driving. Distracted driving is an activity that diverts your attention away from the road. Whether it is for few seconds or half a minute, distracted driving endangers the safety of drivers, passengers, and bystanders on the road.

What to do If you are a Victim of Distracted Driving

Distraction while driving is caused by several things like using a handheld device, talking to passengers, drinking and eating, texting, grooming, reading or looking at the navigation system, adjusting the radio or MP3 player, etc. There are three main types of distractions according to traffic safety experts:

  • Visual Distractions – it includes all those distractions that require you to take your eyes off the road. Texting and looking at the navigation system are some examples.
  • Manual Distractions – it includes all those distractions that require you to take your hands off the wheel. Changing radio channels and reaching for something in the dashboard are some examples.
  • Cognitive Distraction – it includes all those tasks that take your mind off the task of driving. Pondering over a difficult situation you are facing or any other thing is an example of cognitive distraction.

In distracted driving, texting is considered to be the root of all evil as it falls under all of the above three categories.

Distracted Driving Fact Sheet

Here are some astonishing facts about distracted driving that will make you realize how dangerous it is:

  • According to a NHTSA report, over 387,000 injured and 3,331 people were killed in auto accidents that were caused due to distracted driving in 2014.
  • During any daytime moment in America, over 660,000 drivers are using handheld devices while driving, exposing them to the dangers of distracted driving.
  • In 2013, over 18 percent of auto crashes with injuries, 10 percent of fatal crashes, and 16 percent of all crashes were caused due to distracted driving.
  • If you are driving at a 55mph and take your eyes off the road for 5 seconds, you can cover the distance of a football field.

It is important for victims of distracted driving to know that they can make a claim against the driver and get compensation. The best course of action is to first seek medical attention for any injury that you suffered, and make sure that you hire a professional attorney to build your case and get compensation for damages, including physical, mental, and property damages. They will make sure that all the aspects of the accident are taken into account and you get fair and proper compensation for your loss.

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