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Understanding The Risks Of Distracted Driving

January 14, 2020
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Distracted driving is one of the fastest-growing safety concerns on American roadways. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 9 people are killed each day, with many more injured, due to distracted driving in some form. Usually, when we think of distracted driving, we often think of texting and talking on the phone. However, there are many other kinds of distracted driving that may not be so apparent. If you’re doing anything other than driving and paying attention to the road ahead, you’re putting yourself and others at risk of being injured in a crash. By understanding the risks of distracted driving and sharing this information with your friends and loved ones, you can possibly prevent many potential crashes resulting from negligent driving in the state of New Mexico.

The Hazards of Distracted Driving

Young motorists are more likely to engage in distracted driving. The CDC claims that drivers younger than 20 have the greatest proportion of distracted-related deadly collisions. Smartphones are omnipresent in today’s culture, so it’s no wonder that younger drivers are experiencing difficulties resisting their urge to change a song, reply to a text, or search for directions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when “you are traveling at 55 mph, sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, which is long enough to travel the length of a football field.” In just five seconds you can travel far enough that being able to react to someone cutting you off or a fresh red light can be nearly impossible. That’s why it’s crucial that you take all necessary precautions to ensure that your eyes and focus are on the road ahead of you so that you’re able to react to sudden roadway hazards.

What Is Considered Distracted Driving?

Understanding The Risks Of Distracted DrivingThere are three primary categories of distracted driving: visual, manual, and cognitive distractions. In other words, anything that takes your eyes off the road, your hands physically off the wheel, or your mind away from focusing on the road is considered distracted driving. All of these actions can result in you or someone else suffering severe injuries. The following list is just a few actions that are considered distracted driving:

  • Texting or talking on the phone
  • Applying makeup or brushing your hair
  • Eating or drinking
  • Messing with the radio
  • Smoking 
  • Rummaging for items in the car
  • Pets or children distracting you while driving
  • Looking at a sign or billboard 
  • General daydreaming 

Albuquerque Distracted Driving Crashes

Distracted driving injuries nearly a 1,000 people each day across the country. Many drivers are unable to resist the temptation to check their phones, change the radio, or talk with a passenger. All these actions are considered distracted driving.

Injured victims need to understand their rights after a crash. The team of Albuquerque car crash attorneys at Will Ferguson & Associates is here to help you recover your due compensation. Contact our law offices today at (505) 243-5566 to see how we can help.

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