Emotionally Distracted Driving
Recent research from Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute found that emotionally charged driving could greatly increase one’s crash risk. In fact, they found that operating a vehicle while visibly sad, angry or agitated increases the risk of having a crash nearly tenfold. ABC News recently reported on the Virginia Tech study’s findings. The ABC News report also goes on to say that more than a third of the nation’s 11 million annual crashes could be prevented if distractions behind the wheel were eliminated. Listed below are a few of the distractions behind the wheel that the study looked at.
Dangerous Distractions Behind The Wheel
- Smart phones
- Adjusting climate control
- Eating while driving
- Using the car’s touch-screen display
- Reaching for an out-of-reach object
- Dialing a cell phone
Alert, Attentive and Sober
Not surprisingly, the researchers at Virginia Tech found that the best drivers are alert, attentive and sober. Of course, the importance of sober driving goes without saying, but a driver also has to be alert and attentive to be safe. We’ve all been in situations where somebody in front of us slams on the brakes or does something erratic or unpredictable. Alert and attentive drivers are those best equipped to defensively and safely drive out of those dangerous situations. If you’re distracted, you’re not going to be able to react quickly in the event of an emergency. Drivers should also understand that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Even one drink can be one drink too many, and even if you’re not over the legal limit, you’re still impacting your ability to be alert and attentive behind the wheel.
Distracted Driving Accidents in San Diego
Not only did this Virginia Tech study reinforce some of what we already know about distracted driving, it also found that emotionally charged driving is incredibly dangerous too. Whether you’ve been injured in a crash involving a distracted driver, drunk driver or emotionally charged driver, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney about your case as soon as possible.