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What counts as distracted driving?

On Behalf of | Nov 30, 2020 | motor vehicle accidents

Drivers in Cincinnati and other parts of Ohio may be operating a vehicle while distracted and not realize it. Cellphones are the major culprit, but there are many other causes of distracted driving. Here is some information to make your driving safer and more focused, helping to prevent motor vehicle accidents.

Cellphones are number one

Talking and texting are the worst offenders. Conversations can wait; the road must be the source of your attention. Reading a text means taking your eyes off the road for around seconds, which is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed if you’re going 55mph.

Other phone distractions

You may have a GPS that requires input. Viewing video message from your friend also counts as being distracted while driving. Car accidents can happen even if you’re using a hands-free feature that distracts you from the road.

Some alarming statistics

Cambridge Mobile Telematics estimated in one study that by 2025, 4,000 people per year will die from smartphone distraction-related crashes. That statistic may tell you just how important this issue is to every driver. You should put down your phone, and the hope is that others will do the same.

Other distractions

Grabbing that hot cup of coffee or nibbling on a snack are other distractions that can affect driving. Turning and talking to your passenger or turning around to talk to active kids in the back seat may be another one. Horseplay while driving can also lead to an accident and injuries.

Many motor vehicle accidents can be prevented by avoiding distractions. However, if you have been the victim of a distracted driver, it might be time to consult a knowledgeable attorney versed in this type of law. A personal injury attorney may be able you get the compensation that you deserve.