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How dangerous is distracted driving, really?

On Behalf of | Oct 13, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Distracted driving kills around nine people per day in this country. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t view distractions as a problem. Instead, many believe that they’re good enough drivers that even being distracted won’t cause any issues. 

The primary issue with distracted driving is that the driver doesn’t have the ability to react suitably to hazards around them because they aren’t paying attention to the road. This is true regardless of what type of distraction they’re facing. 

Even short distractions are problematic

Some drivers assume there isn’t any issue with taking their eyes off the road for a few seconds. The fact is that this is highly dangerous, especially at higher speeds. Think about this – a vehicle goes the length of a regulation football field in only five seconds if the driver is going 55 miles per hour. It takes that same amount of time, on average, to read a text message. That distance and time are long enough for a wreck to occur.

Drivers should remember that there are various forms of distractions that can occur. Something may make them take their hand off the wheel, which is a manual distraction. It may cause them to look away from the road, which is a visual distraction. It might lead them to think about something other than driving, which is a cognitive distraction.

Anyone who’s suffered an injury due to a distracted driver may choose to seek compensation for the medical care bills and other expenses related to the crash. Time is limited by New Jersey law so you should get your claim filed as quickly as possible.