According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 9 people are fatally wounded and 1,000 more are injured in motor vehicle collisions caused by distracted driving every day. When we think about distracted driving, we generally think of cellphone use, but there several other forms of distracted driving that contribute to these types of accidents. Although there are many forms of distracted driving, there are three main ways in which drivers are distracted – cognitively, manually, and visually.
Common Forms of Distracted Driving
Using a cellphone while driving is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. It is the one form of distracted driving that distracts a driver cognitively, manually, and visually, which is why it is essential to wait until you are safely stopped before you use your phone or check your messages.
Here are some other common and dangerous forms of distracted driving:
- GPS devices: Having a GPS is a vital tool, especially if you are in an area you are unfamiliar with. Unfortunately, this helpful tool can also be distracting if you are fiddling around with it during your drive. Make sure your route is set before you hit the road.
- Eating and drinking: It can be tough to find time to eat if you are on a road trip or have a busy work schedule, but when you are operating a motor vehicle, you should never try to multitask. Instead, plan ahead, so you can make time to eat.
- Grooming yourself: If you rushed out the door without brushing your hair or applying lipstick, you might try to do it while on the road, but you could easily end up rear-ending a vehicle or running a red light if you check yourself out in the mirror for even a second.
- Conversing with passengers: Saying a few words to your passengers is only natural, but you should not engage in heavy conversations or anything that might get too heated or emotional. Doing so will severely compromise your ability to focus on the road ahead.
- Adjusting the controls: Whether you are trying to adjust the temperature in your vehicle or sifting through radio stations for the right song, these will all distract you from paying attention to the road. Everything in your car should be adjusted to your preferences before you begin driving. If music is important to you, create a playlist, so you can avoid flipping through stations or a device.
- Daydreaming: Even without doing anything at all you can still get distracted while driving. Zoning out is particularly common when driving a route you are all too familiar with. Do not let your mind drift off or you might get into a serious accident.
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If you were injured in a car accident due to distracted driving, do not hesitate to contact the team at Alpine Law Group. Distracted driving could result in a jury awarding punitive damages against a reckless distracted driver. The Supreme Court has ruled that punitive damages (damages to punish a Defendant) can be up to 9 times the amount of compensatory damages. That means that if a person who is injured at the hands of a distracted driver can collect, for example, $100,000.00 for medical bills and pain and suffering and potentially $900,000.00 for punitive damages if they were injured by a distracted driver.
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