Distracted Driving — How dangerous is it?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.  This is not just texting or use of a cell phone.  Distracted driving can be caused by eating, drinking, smoking, grooming, reading, using a GPS, adjusting a radio or temperature control, among many other things.

Three major type of distractions:

  • Manual distractions are those where you move your hands away from driving.  An example would be reaching for a drink in the drink carrier.
  • Visual distractions are those where you take your eyes off the road.  An example would be spilling the drink and you look down to see the damage the spill may have caused.
  • Cognitive distractions are when your mind wanders from driving.

Texting is exceptionally dangerous because it involves all three type of distractions.

How serious are the dangers of distraction?

Research has shown that talking on a cell phone quadruples your risk of an accident – this is about the same as if you were driving drunk.  The risk doubles again if you are texting. Over 3,331 people were killed and over 387,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes connected with distracted driving.  Younger drivers are at an even greater risk.

Facing charges relating to an offense that happened while you were distracted?

The defense team with Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. has extensive experience in defending people charged with all types of traffic offenses – felony offenses, misdemeanor offenses and civil infractions.  Our attorneys are also some of the most highly regarded DUI lawyers in Michigan.  Our attorneys appear in courtrooms all over the state. The facing of criminal charges can be scary.  It is important to have the best legal representation to protect you.  Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. can help you with any criminal offense you may be facing, including traffic offenses and we are the premier DUI lawyers in Michigan.  Call us for a free consultation at (248) 263-6800.  We are not afraid to win!

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