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The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Thursday, February 06, 2014By ALG
Distracted drivingTexting-while-driving is one of the most publicized and well-known forms of distracted driving, but many irresponsible drivers are engaging in a variety of distracting behaviors. Using cell phones, checking email, adjusting a GPS device and eating a meal can all be considered distracted driving behaviors. Anytime a driver takes his or her attention away from the task of driving, everybody on the road is put at risk. Listed below are the three types of distractions that can occur behind the wheel.

Three Types of Distractions

• Manual – Manual distractions occur when drivers take their hands off of the steering wheel.

• Visual – Visual distractions occur when drivers take their eyes off of the road.

• Cognitive – Cognitive distractions occur when a driver takes his or her mind off the task of driving.

It’s important to note than many behaviors can be classified into more than one of these categories. For example, texting while driving can be a manual, visual and cognitive distraction. Grooming behaviors, such as applying makeup, can be visual and manual distractions. Eating food in the car can be a manual and visual distraction as well.

Distracted Driving Laws in California

1. Handheld ban for all drivers

2. Ban on all cell phone use for bus drivers (handheld and hands-free)

3. Ban on all cell phone use for novice drivers (handheld and hands-free)

4. Ban on texting for all drivers

Distracted Driving Facts

• In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in distracted-driving crashes.

• 11 percent of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted at the time of the crash.

• Sending or receiving a text message takes the driver’s eyes off of the roadway for about 4.6 seconds. At 55 miles per hour, this is the equivalent of driving the entire length of a football field without looking.

After an Accident

After any type of car accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney can stay abreast of official investigations and be your advocate. In many distracted driving cases, it may not be immediately apparent that an at-fault driver was distracted. With medical bills piling up and lost income from missing work, you need a skilled attorney on your side. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, contact the experienced team at the Alexander Law Group, LLP at (888) 777-1776 for a free consultation today.

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