Distracted driving puts everyone at risk on the road. Most people do not realize just how widespread distracted driving really is. Most people assume that their mobile phone is the only source of distraction that could cause an accident.
Everyone who is engaged in some type of distraction does not have a cell phone in their hands. On the contrary, there are other screens and devices in your car that are just as dangerous as a cell phone. Today’s new technologies such as built-in screens and GPS devices are a common form of distraction. These devices are no less dangerous to you and other drivers just because they came with your vehicle.
People assume that built-in screens and devices are safer than handheld devices like cell phones and tablets. And while it is true that it may be easier to operate a built-in device with one hand instead of two, it is still a distraction both cognitively and manually.
When your hands come off the steering wheel, our eyes come off the road, and your mind focuses on something other than driving – the screen – this is distracted driving. This holds true for GPS units too, even if they have a mount or an attachment to the dashboard. Any screen, even ones without wireless internet capabilities, can distract a driver.
People will make a mistake thinking that certain screens are safer than others. These same people are more likely to look at their GPS and enter data while driving instead of doing it before driving off. It is a fact that more than half of drivers believe that using a GPS unit is less dangerous than using their cell phone.
If you suspect that distracted driving played a part in your recent car accident, data from phone providers, GPS units, and even the other vehicle can help you determine if someone may have been focused on a screen instead of their driving when the accident occurred.
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, call us today at 252-378-2525. We would be happy to provide you with a free consultation to see if you have a claim.