When you hear the phrase “distracted driving,” you may immediately
think of texting and driving. If so, you are not alone. In fact, many
people across the nation believe that texting and driving is the only
form of distracted driving.
While cell phone usage is one of most common and dangerous form of distracted
driving, there are many other things that may take your eyes away from
the road putting you and your passengers in harm's way.
What Is Distracted Driving?
To better understand the dangers behind distracted driving, we must first
establish what distracted driving really is. The simple answer would be
anything that causes you to become distracted from your duties while behind
These are just a few statistics to prove just how dangerous distracted
Distracted driving is responsible for more than
58% of all
It can take only
seconds following a distraction for an auto collision to occur
Distracted driving is a completely preventable American
Distracted driving numbers are getting to be so high that it is commonly
referred to as “the new drunk driving”
Types of Distracted Driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has discovered that distracted driving can be further broken down into
3 different categories based on which type of distraction they cause.
Visual - This is something that takes your eyes away from the road. It can be
something as simple as checking your GPS, changing the radio, or turning
to talk to a passenger.
Manual - This is something that causes you to take your hands away from the wheel.
This includes things like reaching for your phone, using your phone, grabbing
a drink, putting on make-up, and eating.
Cognitive - This is when the distraction causes your mind to wander, leaving you
paying no attention to the road.
As you can see, there are many different distractions that may interrupt
your attention to the road. More importantly, cell phone usage is such
a dangerous distraction because all 3 forms of distracted driving are present.
Some forms of distracted driving that may not be common knowledge to many are:
- Turning to look at your passengers during a conversation
- Changing the radio
- Updating your GPS
- Applying make-up
Tips For Protecting Yourself and Others While Driving
Tell Family and Friends that, when driving, you will not be responding
to text messages and that you will respond only when you are no longer
on the road.
Program your cell phone to automatically stop incoming text messaging when
the phone senses you are driving. You can tailor messages to friends that
advise that you are driving and that you will respond when safe. If the
text message is urgent, the driver can be notified and can pull over to
review the text when safe.
Encourage your friends and family to put down the cell phone and never
to text or use internet while driving. Emphasize to young drivers that
lives have been lost and innocent lives taken every day due to drivers
looking at cell phones while driving, even for just a second or two.
Enter into an agreement—shake on it if you need to—that you
and your family members and friends will not put themselves or others
in danger by using cell phones or engaging in other distractions while driving.
Injured Due to Another Driver’s Distraction?
The Haynes Firm has seen many of our client’s lives completely change following
a motor vehicle collision involving negligence or recklessness due to
driving distracted. For more than 70 years combined, our team of staunch
Tennessee auto collision attorneys has been helping those injured due
to other’s negligence to pursue the compensation they deserve to
help rebuild their lives.
Don’t let the negligence of another individual change your life forever.
Let us help you get your life back. Call us today at (423)451-4999 for
more information on how we can help over a free case evaluation.