March 14, 2017
Although many people think of distracted driving as one particular type of problem, experts actually tend to break it down into three subcategories. The differences between these categories can be useful when examining what exactly constitutes distracted driving and what dangers it poses. The categories are as follows:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,179 people died and 431,000 were injured in 2014 because of accidents caused by distracted drivers. This problem is only becoming more significant and harder to eradicate due to the prevalence of cell phones and the many other distractions that are becoming ubiquitous in cars, such as video screens and GPS systems. Texting while driving is often seen as most dangerous, and it is indeed risky because it involves all three types of distraction. But answering a call while driving also pulls attention away from driving, and sometimes it pulls hands away from the wheel, too. It’s also crucial to remember that, although you may not text and drive, everyone is at risk for distracted driving because anyone can get distracted by something while on the road.
Of course, you cannot control the actions of other drivers, but there are certain steps you can take to limit the likelihood that you yourself will cause a distracted driving collision. They are as follows:
With a better understanding of the types of distracted driving and the risks they pose, hopefully we can create safer roads for everyone. If you've been injured in a car accident because someone else was distracted at the wheel, contact Whiting Law for a free consultation.