Distracted Driving: 3 Seconds Is All It Takes

With the digital era we are currently living in, cellphone usage is more rampant than ever. We have just about everything on our cellphones. Whether it’s work, keeping in touch with family, or just browsing the web, we are using cellphones more now than ever before.

Because of this, when we hear “distracted driving,” we may immediately think “cellphone use while driving.” While texting and driving may be the most common form of distracted driving, there are many other forms of distracted driving that take place each day, which are causing the number of injuries and deaths from distracted driving to grow continually. According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, there were 3,166 people killed by distracted driving alone, which accounted for 8.5% of all fatalities in 2017. Many people believe they are “invincible” behind the wheel, but that mentality often comes back to haunt them later:

“I ignored those warnings about texting while driving because everyone else was doing it. So I thought it was okay. I thought I was invincible, but clearly, I was completely wrong.”

Liz Marks

Distracted driving is entirely preventable, and by making changes in your driving habits, you may be able to prevent these types of accidents from happening.

What Is Distracted Driving?

According to the CDC, distracted driving can be broken down into three main categories:

  • Visual - This type of distraction occurs when you take your eyes off the road.

  • Manual - A manual distraction is one that causes you to take your hands away from the wheel.

  • Cognitive - A cognitive distraction causes you to take your mind away from driving and the road ahead.

Essentially, anything that causes your attention and your focus to shift away from your duties behind the wheel is considered to be a distraction that causes distracted driving.

Types of Distractions

Within these three categories come many forms of distraction.

Visual

  • Cellphone usage

  • Eating

  • Drinking

  • Looking at passengers

Manual

  • Cellphone usage

  • Changing the radio

  • Updating GPS

  • Eating

  • Drinking

  • Applying makeup

Cognitive

  • Cellphone usage

  • Speaking with others

  • Listening to a thought-provoking podcast

What Can Be Done?

While many states have implemented bans on cellphone usage behind the wheel, along with other safety measures to help decrease the number of distracted driving accidents, there has been little to no change in the number of accidents taking place.

At The Ahearne Law Firm, we believe that the acts of distracted driving, resulting in injuries to other parties should be prosecuted to the fullest extent. With this form of driving impairment being 100% preventable, there is no reason these types of accidents should ever occur, and they should absolutely never injure someone seriously.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, and there are accidents that happen due to other’s negligence every day. If you’ve been injured in an accident at no fault of your own, we would love to hear your case and explain how we can help you recover.

Call us today (845) 763-4100 to schedule yourfree case evaluation and learn what we can do for you.

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