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What does distracted driving look like in the U.S.?

On Behalf of | Aug 2, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Multi-tasking may be great in the workplace or while you are at home, but one time when people in San Bernardino should never try to multi-task is when driving. Trying to engage in a separate action while behind the wheel is a recipe for disaster as it could lead to a distracted driving crash.

The statistics on distracted driving in the U.S.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2018 more than 2,800 people in the U.S. lost their lives in a distracted driving crash and a further 400,000 were injured in such crashes. Distracted driving does not only have a negative impact on other motorists. In 2018 one in five of those who lost their lives at the hands of a distracted driver were not in a vehicle. Ultimately, each year approximately 3,000 individuals lose their lives in a distracted driving crash.

The three main types of distracted driving

There are three main types of distractions that can affect a person’s ability to drive safely. One is visual distractions in which a motorist is looking at something other than the road, such as a text message or rubber-necking to look at an accident. Another is physical distractions in which a motorist’s hands are off the wheel for example if they are texting or eating while behind the wheel. The third is cognitive distractions in which the motorist is thinking of something other than the task of driving, whether they are texting or simply daydreaming.

Learn more about your rights and options

If you are involved in a crash involving a distracted driver, you will want to learn more about your rights and options. We invite those who want to learn more about car accidents in California to explore our firm’s website for further information.