Car accidents—they’re a scary situation and one most try to avoid. Unfortunately, with an average of 7,277,000 crashes in the U.S. in 2016 as estimated by The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), odds are, everyone will be involved in a car accident at least once within their lifetime.
Of the nearly 7.5 million crashes in 2016, the NHTSA reports that 34,439 were fatal, and of those, nine percent were caused by distracted driving.
When you think of being distracted while driving, your mind may default to texting and driving, and while this is most certainly a form of distracted driving, there are a multitude of other ways a driver can lose focus behind the wheel, and consequently, put themselves and others on the road at risk.
Distracted driving is defined by the NHTSA as “any activity that diverts attention from driving safely”—but what does this all entail? It comes down to three types of distractions: visual, manual, and cognitive.
If you’re taking your eyes off the road for any reason, you’re distracted. This includes but is not limited to:
Are your hands on the wheel at all times? If not, you’re driving while distracted. Which may include, but is not limited to:
Thinking about work, school, or that thing you forgot to do? If your mind isn’t focus on driving, you’re distracted. This includes but is not limited to:
It’s important to be aware of what distracted driving is and what you can do to be safe! What are some ways to stay focused while behind the wheel? Here are a few, simple tips:
Share these facts and tips with friends and family to help keep them and other drivers on the road safe! If you’re involved in a distracted driving related accident, call (505) 888-4357 for the trusted Albuquerque car accident attorneys at Valle, O’Cleireachain, Zamora & Harris Law Firm today!
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