Distracted driving is considered operating a vehicle while doing another activity which diverts your attention away from the main task of driving. Unfortunately, distracted driving ranks as one of the traffic safety issues that result in millions of accidents every year.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2014. While many states have enacted laws –such as banning texting while driving – to help raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, many drivers still continue to risk their lives and the lives of others to their dependence on their cellphones or mobile devices.
The following are the most common types of distractions that often result in car accidents:
- Cellular phones. A report from the National Safety Council states that cellphone use while driving results in 1.6 million accidents each year. Around 330,000 injuries occur annually collisions caused by texting while driving. Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds, which is enough time to travel the length of a football field going 55 mph.
- Navigation systems or GPS. While navigational devices help determine exactly where you are going, continuously checking it can make it difficult to react to unforeseen circumstances on the road promptly.
- Passengers in your vehicle. Although having someone else riding with you enables you to take the carpool lane or switch drivers if you feel tired, engaging in a passionate conversation with your passenger can cause you to be more attentive to the discussion rather than the task of operating a vehicle.
- Grooming. People who commute long distances to work or school often attempt to reduce the time needed to get ready for the drive by grooming while driving. However, driving while brushing your teeth or applying your makeup can lead to a devastating collision.
- Eating and drinking. One had holds the food or beverage while the other holds the steering wheel. Then at the same time, you are consuming the food or beverage, which can force you to divert your attention away from the road or make a mess in your vehicle.
If you suffered an injury after being involved in a collision caused by a distracted driver in Massachusetts, request a free consultation with our Worchester car accident lawyer at the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr. today.