The Truth About Distracted Driving
Bill Allen | May 14, 2015 | News
In today’s world of modern, portable conveniences and high-tech,
helpful vehicles, the tendency to drive while distracted is significantly
easier to simple into than it has been in the past, and distractions lead
to accidents. Many of the cases handled by
Allen Law Firm involve injuries due to accidents that could have been avoided if the
drivers had not been using their cell phones, texting, or multi-tasking
in their vehicle as they went from one location to another.
The Allen Law Firm believes that if we can educate and inform our communities
about this problem, the better equipped we are to prevent it from happening
so that our streets are safer here for everyone here in North Central Florida.
So, what is distracted driving, exactly?
distraction.gov, distracted driving is “any activity that could divert a person’s
attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger
driver, passenger, and bystander safety.” The types of distractions
that distraction.gov lists include:
- Using a cell phone or smart phone
- Using a navigation system
- Reading, including maps
- Talking to passengers
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
Other devices that have been
cited as distractions included:
- Game console
- Tablet PC
- DVD player
- Mobile TV
- Laptop computer
Any of these habits and devices can contribute to or cause
the three main types of driving distractions, which are:
- Visual distraction: taking your eyes off the road
- Manual distraction: taking your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive distraction: taking your mind off of driving
Texting is actually the
most alarming driver distraction because it involves all three types of distractions.
Though technology such as smartphones, music players, and navigation systems
are indicators of a prosperous and technologically-advanced society, these
devices should never be used while driving. When they are, the potential
for at-fault driving leading to injuries or death is at its highest.
Is It Ok To Check Your Phone If You Are Quick?
The answer to that is statistically,
no. There is plenty of evidence that drivers actually admit to many bad habits
while driving, according to the results of the
National Occupant Protection Use Survey of 2011. The survey results revealed that “At any given daylight moment
across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or
manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held
steady since 2010.” When operating handheld devices, drivers are
four times more likely to get into
an injury-inducing crash, and drivers who are texting, specifically, are
twenty-three times more likely to crash.
The Allen Law Firm cares for those injured by the fault of a distracted
team of personal injury attorneys is always ready to help you move past these tragic events by taking on
every aspect of your case and leaving you with nothing more to worry about
than your own health and recovery. In order to learn more about how the
Allen Law Firm can manage your car accident case, please
contact us today.