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Understanding the dangers posed by distracted driving

It is important that drivers are aware of the serious hazards distracted driving poses. Distracted driving includes a variety of activities that take the driver's eyes of the road, hands off the wheel or mind off the road. There are three primary categories of distracted driving including visual distraction or when the driver's eyes are removed from the roadway; manual distraction or when the driver's hands are removed from the steering wheel; and cognitive distraction or when the driver's focus and attention is removed from the roadway and the task at hand of driving.

Distracted driving can be extremely dangerous to the driver, passengers and those they share the roadways with. Texting while driving is considered the most dangerous form of distracted driving because it combines all three types of distracted driving, including visual, manual and cognitive distraction all at once, but there are a variety of other dangerous distracted driving behaviors that may also be a daily occurrence for many drivers. Other forms of distracted driving include adjusting a radio, climate control system or navigation device; tending to children in the back seat, unsecured pets or interacting with passengers; eating or grooming; and daydreaming or watching what is going on outside of the vehicle and roadway area.

Inattentive driving can result in car accidents and can cause serious harm to victims. A focused driver travelling at 50 miles per hour can travel the length of a football field before coming to a complete stop when responding to a hazard. This makes distracted driving particularly dangerous for car accident victims. Fortunately, personal injury legal protections are available to car accident victims to help them with the damages suffered in a distracted driving-related car accident.

Victims of car accidents may be able to pursue a personal injury claim for damages against a distracted driver to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages they may have suffered. Because of the significant impact of a car accident on the lives of victims, it is important for them to be aware of the personal injury legal resources available to help them.

Source: Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, "Distracted Driving Awareness," Accessed Aug. 25, 2017

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