While there have been many valiant efforts to inform and educate drivers in the United States about the extreme dangers involved in driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, there is another type of dangerous driving that can also be deadly that is rarely talked about. Distracted driving is when an individual attempts to operate a vehicle while engaging in other tasks or activities completely unrelated to driving.
The Results of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is a major contributor to highway and road crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that at least 25 percent of police-reported crashes involved some form of driver inattention. Driver inattention can include drivers who daydream or simply fail to keep constant attention on the road. But half of driver inattention crashes are due to distracted driving.
A driver can be accused of distracted driving for a number of reasons. The most common form of distracted driving is driving while talking on a cell phone or texting friends and family, but other forms of distracted driving are when drivers try to do the following activities and more while driving:
- Eating, drinking, or smoking.
- Playing with the radio, CDs, or MP3 player
- Arguments with other passengers
- Applying makeup
- Reaching for lost items on the floor board or in between seats
If you have been the victim of a crash involving a distracted driver, contact the Racine car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874 for more information on your legal rights and options.