Distracted driving is any activity that occurs while you are operating a car that diverts your attention away from your primary task of driving. Distractions endanger not only the driver, but passengers and bystanders as well. The most common distractions include:
- Using a cellphone
- Talking to others in the vehicle
- Putting on makeup or fixing hair
- Using a GPS
- Adjusting the MP3 player or radio
While any of these distractions are dangerous, texting is considered the most hazardous. When we text, we are using visual, cognitive and mental skills. All three are necessary for driving, and all three are being used in a manner which takes away from our ability to operate a car safely.
It is difficult to find a person who can say that they have never driven while distracted. Whether performing some activity behind the wheel of a car or simply being too emotional to drive, most of us have done it. Here are some statistics from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- The age group with the largest proportion of distracted drivers involved in accidents are those 15 to 19 years old. Ten percent of the people in this age group involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of impact.
- Drivers in their 20s made up 38 percent of those who were using cellphones at the time they were involved in a fatal accident.
- For the past five years, this statistic has held steady: At any moment during daylight hours, there are approximately 660,000 people driving and using a cellphone or other electronic device at the same time.
- In 2014, 2.2 percent of drivers had been seen visibly using an electronic device while driving. This number was up from 1.7 percent in 2013.
Distracted driving kills. Consider that at normal highway speeds, you can cover the length of a football field in five seconds or less. You can easily cover that distance while your eyes are off the road and on your mobile device. The answer? Simple. When you are behind the wheel of your car, focus on driving.
If you have been involved in a car accident in North Carolina, you may be entitled to compensation under the law. Call our office today and let us review the details of your accident. A member of our team will provide you with a free initial consultation and help you determine your best options. Call now.