Distracted Driving and its Major Causes The leading cause of vehicle-related injuries and deaths is distracted driving. In the US alone, it has been estimated that about 25% of most car accidents are as a result of distracted driving. What are the major driving destructions, and how are they related? â€‹Distracted driving can be described as any activity that takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel or your mind away from the task of driving safely. This article discusses some of these distractions as a Huntington personal injury Lawyer will put out. Mainly Distraction is divided into three categories: Visual: this is when the driver is looking at something other than the road Cognitive: when the driver is concentrating on something other than driving Manual: when the driver engages his hands in an activity not related to steering or signaling. Types of Driving Distractions Smoking-Related Distractions This includes smoking, lighting and putting ashes in the tray. A review of the law enforcement officersâ€™ notes of crash reports involving a fatal case, it has been found out that 1% of the causes of the accident included smoking distractions including gestures that showed an attempt to light up and put out the cigar and ashes in the tray. Distractions by Moving Objects These could be pets or insects. Pet owners know too well the perils of one that is over-excited or agitated. According to police reports, 1% of fatal accidents were linked to moving objects. However, the numbers of destructed driving cases may not be easy to verify the data that is found in the police reports is mainly based on their judgment at the time of the accident. It may be difficult to clearly give the right number as some people may be reluctant to admit that they were distracted when the police interview them. The numbers provided in the police reports may be an under-representation of the actual prevalence and seriousness of driving distractions. Use of other devices or controls in the vehicle Any activity that will distract your attention and make you move your eyes from the vehicle for even a second can put the vehicle occupants in danger. Some activities are seemingly innocent
but can be a cause of accidents. Things such as adjusting the seats, rearview mirrors or simply using the OEM navigation system can cause accidents. These account for 1 percent of the fatal distractions. Mobile phone use There has been a law in most states that have banned the use of cell phones while driving. Using a handheld cell phone to text, dial, Listen or talk while driving can be quite fatal. The most dangerous of them are texting while driving (TWD). It is an offense in many states in the US and has been accounted for to cause 12% of fatal driving distractions. This is common among the young adult drivers who feel that they can text while driving safely which is not the case as the reports turned in a show otherwise. There has been a campaign by the National Epidemic; “Driving while intoxicated.” This was after research that showed that TWD is likely to cause accidents six times more than driving while intoxicated. The above-named factors have different occurrence rate, but they all have one thing in common. All these incidences of distraction show that the driver paid attention to something else other than driving. If you are in search of representation for compensation in distracted driving-related cases, then contact a distracted driving accident lawyer at Jan Dils, who is one of the most renowned law firms. For more information on distracted driving cases, feel free to contact Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law.
Published on Mar 13, 2018