One of the primary reasons why thousands of people lose their lives in car accidents is distracted driving. Before you can take any steps to save yourself from such driving behavior, learn more about it and then decide how you want to deal with it.
What Is Distracted Driving?
According to the Center For Disease Control & Prevention, every day about eight people lose their lives in car accidents due to distracted driving. It happens when a driver continues to drive the vehicle at the normal speed while doing some other task that takes his attention away. Distracted driving is one of the biggest reasons for car crashes and deaths in the US as well as the rest of the world.
The distractions, in this case, can be divided into three major categories:
- Visual — where the driver takes his eyes off the road
- Manual — where the driver briefly takes his hands off the car’s wheel
- Cognitive — where the driver is too mentally lost to drive, yet he continues driving.
For those who don’t understand the gravity of the problem, the US witnessed over 2800 deaths and 400,000 serious injuries in 2018 alone due to car crashes where the driver was distracted. Almost 20% of those who lost their lives in the same year were not in another car. They were walking or standing on the road. According to the law department, one should never text and drive at the same time. Even if it’s very urgent and cannot be avoided for another few minutes, then you must stop the car somewhere, send the text, and begin driving once again.
The law department takes strict actions against those who violate traffic rules and continue to drive a car without paying much attention to others walking or standing on the road. If you ever get hit by someone who was texting or talking to someone on phone or was busy with any other task while driving, make sure you hire an experienced personal injury lawyer and sue that person in court.