You may not see distracted driving as a serious issue, but let our team assure you, it is. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “In the U.S. in 2018, over 2,800 people were killed and an estimated 400,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.” Unfortunately, technology has made it easier than ever to become distracted behind the wheel.
Not only do distracted drivers put themselves at risk, but they also put the lives of everyone else on the road nearby in danger, too.
Here are three reasons why distracted driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving:
#1 - If you are physically distracted from the road, your mind is not on driving.
As you may or may not know, the human brain only has the capacity to focus on one task at a time.
This next statement may blow your mind.
Multitasking is not real.
Multitasking is simply the act of rapid switch-tasking, or quickly switching between more than one task.
It is extremely dangerous to switch-task while driving because all it takes is one wrong move for fatalities to occur.
#2 - If your eyes are off the road, so is your mind.
According to a study conducted by Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute and analyzed by the AAA Foundation found that “taking your eyes off the road for more than two seconds doubles your risk of a crash.”
If you glance down at a text message or spend too much time reading a billboard, your mind is no longer on the task of driving. As you know, it only takes a few seconds for serious car accidents to occur.
It may take you more than just a few seconds to read a text or understand the message on a billboard, which is why you should do your best to keep your eyes on the road at all times.
#3 - You can’t rely on the “other guy” to pay attention.
According to the 2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index, 83% of drivers in the U.S. reported texting while driving. In addition, 58% reported that they believed cell phone use while driving posed a serious threat to safety, but a large portion of them still admitted to driving while distracted in the past 30 days.
As this data shows, you clearly can’t rely on other people to pay attention to what you’re doing on the road. At any given time, 83% of the drivers around you could be texting while driving. The only person you can rely on behind the wheel is yourself.
If you sustained injuries due to someone else’s recklessness, we’re here to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
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