It can be hard to ignore the ding of a text message or the ringing of a cellphone. Our natural reaction is to answer the text or call and respond as soon as possible. However, one time when it is important to simply ignore your cellphone is while driving. Texting and driving is especially dangerous because it encompasses all three primary types of distractions.
Why is texting and driving so dangerous?
Texting and driving is dangerous because it distracts us in three ways. When we read a text message, we take our eyes off the road, which is a visual distraction. When we reply to a text message, we take our hands off the wheel of the care, which is a manual distraction. Finally, when we read a text message and think of a reply, we take our mind off the task of driving, a cognitive distraction. With this in mind it is easy to see why texting and driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving.
How big is the distracted driving problem?
Distracted driving is a major problem on roadways in Birmingham and across the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each day approximately eight people in the U.S. lose their lives in distracted driving accidents. In 2018 alone, more than 2,800 people died and approximately 400,000 people suffered injuries in collisions involving a distracted driver. These crashes involved not only other vehicles, but also pedestrians and bicyclists.
Distracted driving is negligent driving
Ultimately, distracted driving breaches a motorist’s duty of care to operate their vehicle safely. If this breach causes another person to suffer injuries, the accident victim may want to determine what their legal rights and options are, including seeking compensation if appropriate.