Distracted driving is among the most dangerous driving practices, yet it is alarmingly commonplace throughout the United States. To combat this widespread issue, every April is recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Our attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C. are proud to observe this month and work toward making sure that roads and highways are as safe as can be.
Get the Facts: What Is Distracted Driving?
Today, distracted driving is among the leading causes of fatal car accidents, with more than 3,000 people losing their lives in 2019 because of it, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). But what exactly is distracted driving?
Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three primary types of distracted driving:
- Visual, such as any action that takes your eyes off the road;
- Manual, such as any task that takes a hand off the steering wheel; and
- Cognitive, such as anything that takes your mind off the road.
Most varieties of distracted driving comprise all three of these types of distractions; for example, texting and driving takes (a) your eyes off the road to read the text, (b) a hand off the wheel to draft a response, and (c) your mind off the road as you attempt to do all this as quickly as possible.
Moreover, the problem goes far beyond texting, as there are countless ways in which a driver may be distracted, such as by:
- Talking on the phone
- Changing the radio station
- Referring to a navigation app
- Reaching for a fallen item or an item far away
- Adjusting the air conditioner or heating controls
- Being mentally preoccupied with personal troubles
By choosing to not engage in these actions, you can effectively keep yourself and others on the road safe. When it comes to distracted driving, one person truly can make a difference.
About Peterson & Associates, P.C.
A premier Kansas City, Missouri practice, Peterson & Associates, P.C. represents injured victims of negligence. If you or a loved one was in an accident with a distracted driver and suffered damages as a result, you may be able to recover compensation for those damages. Our accident lawyers have successfully represented countless clients since 1993, recovering them more than $500 million in compensation. What’s more, we have earned glowing client testimonials and esteemed industry awards and accolades.
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