Automobile accident lawyers these days, are seeing the use of mobile devices and infotainment systems are commonly contributing to distracted driving behaviors. Drivers are taking on huge safety risks for everyone who drives a motor vehicle. Some of the most well-known distracted driving risks include texting while driving and holding a cell phone to talk.
Let’s look at texting while driving specifically because this type of distracted driving has gone under a lot of scrutiny recently as experts attempt to discover exactly what about texting while driving makes it such risky activity. According to BankRate, at any given moment, 660,000 drivers are using a cell phone while operating a vehicle. According to NHTSA, about 400 people die in vehicle crashes caused by texting and driving.
Research has shown that advances in technology continue to increase the number of distractions that motor vehicle drivers are exposed to. There are inherent dangers in texting while driving, which is directly related to the fact that texting-related distractions involved a combination of physical and mental distractions. In other words, when driving, in order to send a text message, the driver must type or speak the text message on a hand held device or through ApplePlay. This requires physical contact with a device and mental focus and review of the message to accomplish the task while driving. There is no substitute for refraining from texting to improve safety.
Drivers are legally required to keep their hands on the wheel, their eyes on the road and their mind on driving the vehicle. Many distractions such as posting on Facebook or instant messaging, checking emails, and responding to messages will often involve this heightened level of distracting activity. For example, a driver may look to their dashboard while changing channel on the radio, which causes physical and visual distractions. Sometimes a driver may interact or look frequently at the GPS system to try to find a destination, thinking constantly about how to get there quicker. The more ways that an act distracts a person, the higher the level of risk associated with the distraction.
Here is how texting triples the risk of distracted driving: First of all, any you do other than driving serves as one of the distraction risks in which all of the driver’s senses may be impacted by the non-driving actions taken. However, when texting, many drivers hold the phone in their hands and look at the screen, and then contrate on answering and texting back. Each step taken with mental and physical texting will take the focus of the conversation off the road.
Texting creates a triple the risk that cannot ever get eliminated even with the advent of hands-free devices and voice command features. To this day, texting while driving remains one of the biggest distraction risks that modern drivers face behind the wheel.
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