Operating a motor is a huge responsibility that should be taken very seriously before you take off on the roads and highways in eastern North Carolina. Your actions while driving your vehicle not only affect your safety, but also the safety of other drivers all around you. That is why it is so important to drive carefully and conscientiously.
Unfortunately, some drivers don’t take the responsibility of driving seriously, especially when it comes to distracted driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eight people lose their lives on a daily basis after being involved in crashes linked to driving distractions. Here are some of the common types of distractions and why they are so dangerous.
DISTRACTED DRIVING TYPES
A visual distraction is when you take your eyes off the road for any reason, for instance, texting while driving. This is particularly dangerous because it involves manual, cognitive and visual distractions occurring all at once. Your hands and eyes will be preoccupied with your mobile device, while your mind is focused on composing the text and not on driving.
Manual distractions occur when taking your hands off the steering wheel. This includes actions like changing a radio station, adjusting a GPS, and eating are just a few examples. You should place both hands on the wheel at all times so you can maneuver with confidence should an emergency situation arise.
Cognition refers to thinking, and when you are driving your mind should be on the road at all times. Listening to audiobooks, talking to passengers or even daydreaming will diminish your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. For example, if your mind is already occupied with something else, you will be less likely to respond appropriately to a sudden road hazard.
If you’ve have been injured in an accident due to the negligence of a distracted driver, please contact the distracted driving attorneys at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett. Our experienced attorneys are available for a free consultation, 24/7, call us today.