Driving a motor vehicle requires concentration and attention. This has always been the rule and this same rule applies today. This rule is the basis for operation of a car, a truck, a bus, a tractor trailer or even a piece of heavy equipment. However, if you look at the research from the National Safety Council [NSC] and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA], you will find a serious problem with concentration and attention with the use of multi-tasking technology. This technology is about convenience only, not safety. For example, in 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention [CDC] talks about distraction in three forms: Visual…taking your eyes off the road; Manual…taking your hands off the wheel; and Cognitive…taking your mind off driving.
Distraction and inattention comes from different activities and in various forms. It arises from texting, using a cell phone or smart phone, using a navigation system, watching a video. It can also arise from eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading [including maps], adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 player.
Many drivers are confused by the use of hands free technology in vehicles and even believe that they are making a safe choice by use of a hands-free device. The truth is that your brain remains distracted by the conversation.
In my law firm and over my 38 years of practice in the field of motor vehicle negligence, operator distraction is contributing to a greater and greater number of accidents. We believe that the best way to end or reduce distracted driving is to educate all Americans about the dangers it poses. If you are looking at your cell phone, how can you see other drivers, traffic control devices or stop signs? The reality is that you can’t. The other reality is that this type of driving can lead to very serious accidents and injuries, even death.
So, if you have been involved in an accident and are seriously hurt, particularly by a districted driver, see your attorney right away.