Distracted driving has become an epidemic in California and across the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is working year-round to raise awareness about the dangers associated with distracted driving. Their message for drivers: You’ve got one job: driving safely. You would never close your eyes for five or more seconds behind the wheel, but that’s essentially what you’re doing whenever you’re reading or sending a text message. Texting is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. It’s a manual, cognitive and visual distraction for drivers.
Texting While Driving
In the amount of time it takes to read a text, (about five seconds), you will travel the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour. A lot can happen in that amount of time and distance. If you wouldn’t drive blindfolded for the length of a football field, you shouldn’t be texting. According to the NHTSA, 3,477 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2015. There’s little to no room for error on the roadways. Drivers need to be attentive to the task of driving at all times. Thankfully, law enforcement officers are cracking down on distracted drivers.
Other Forms of Distraction Behind The Wheel
Texting isn’t the only type of distraction behind the wheel. Any task that takes your attention away from the road or away from the task of driving can be considered a distraction. If you have to take your hands off of the wheel, it’s a manual distraction. If your thoughts stray from the road, that’s known a cognitive distraction. If your eyes are anywhere but the road, that’s called a visual distraction. Many behaviors can fall into more than one of these categories. Eating, grooming behaviors, manipulating a GPS system and even messing with the radio can all be types of distractions behind the wheel.
Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer
When drivers engage in distracted behaviors behind the wheel, they put everybody on the road at risk for injury causing and potentially fatal crashes. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident in San Diego, along with the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.