In today’s fast-paced world, we always have the need to multitask and feel productive at all times. Unfortunately, this includes multitasking while driving causing driving distractions, which is an extraordinarily dangerous task that leads to nearly 424,000 accident-related injuries per year.
Regardless of whether it may be sending a quick text, finishing off lunch in traffic, or a quick touch-up of makeup during your commute; all these actions put you and other drivers at tremendous risk of becoming a grim statistic.
Types of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving can take one of three forms: cognitive, visual, or manual. In the cognitive distractions, the driver is physically in full control of the vehicle, however mentally they are so distracted or preoccupied with other matters which can greatly inhibit their reaction time behind the wheel.
Visual distractions can take place when the driver loses sight of the road due to a number of reasons including texting, glancing at the GPS, or peeking at the kids in the backseat. These moments should be reserved for when the vehicle is at a complete stop at a traffic light.
Manual distractions occur when the driver in question doesn’t have both hands on the wheel while driving in order to eat, drink, or readjust the GPS. This might seem like a harmless act but accidents can happen in the split of a second when you least expect it.
Many states in the US have been pushing legislation to punish the act of distracted driving, which claimed the lives of nearly 3,153 victims in 2013 according to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration.
Contact an experienced traffic attorney in order to become better acquainted with the local traffic rules and regulations of your area and avoid the fines, punishments, or more importantly the dangers associated with distracted driving.