Distracted driving is defined as doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. More than 1,000 people are injured in crashes that involve distracted drivers. The main types of distraction are cognitive, manual, and visual. A cognitive distraction is one that takes your mind off driving. Manual distractions are ones where you take your hands off the wheel such as adjusting a radio, eating, and visual is when you take your eyes off the road. The most common types of distracted driving activities are using a cell phone or eating. Using the navigation system in the vehicle can be a distraction as well. Texting in particular takes driver’s attention away from the road for longer periods of time than other types of distractions. Younger drivers, those under the age of 20, are more at risk for distraction related fatal crashes with the percentage being 10 percent of all drivers under 20.
Many states have been proactive and enacted laws that help raise awareness regarding the dangers of driving distracted. Illinois is one of the states that has banned sending or reading text messages while driving. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, Chicago had the state’s highest rate of drivers that use phones to send messages. Distracted driving has been compared to someone who is driving under the influence. Both youths and adults attempt to justify reasons for driving distracted but the truth is, no reason is good enough to justify the death of another. Accidents can happen at any time and can cause serious injury. When injury or death occurs it is important to contact an attorney in order to hold the right party responsible.
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