Is distracted driving as dangerous as they claim?
Experts believe that distracted driving might be more dangerous than driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Countless accidents occur in Michigan every year because drivers are distracted.
Distracted Driving – Here is What You Need to Know
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. Distractions are not limited to just texting or the 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 types 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 hazardous because it involves all three types 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 higher risk.
Facing charges relating to an offense that happened while you were distracted?
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