When you get in your car to go somewhere, you may frequently experience the temptation to use your cellphone while you drive. This is a temptation that many drivers encounter, and it results in many injurious and fatal accidents every year.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2019, 3,142 people died in accidents related to distracted driving. Although most drivers know driving distracted is dangerous, common myths about distracted driving may contribute to the continuance of these accidents.
1. Distracted driving only involves cellphone use
Although using a cellphone while driving is a dangerous activity, other types of distraction can also harm your ability to drive safely. For example, fiddling with the radio, talking to a passenger, eating and other activities can endanger yourself and others on the road.
2. Experienced drivers can handle distractions
You may think that the more years you drive, the less distracting activities will affect you. Although experience is helpful for driving safely, drivers of all ages and experience levels can put themselves and others at risk when they drive distracted.
3. Hands-free devices are not distracting
Hands-free devices can be a helpful tool when you drive. However, these devices still present a level of cognitive and visual distraction, which can make a car accident more likely.
An accident involving a distracted driver can result in injuries that make it hard for you to go back to work and the activities of your normal daily life. After a distracted driving collision, take steps to protect your right to fair and proper compensation for your injuries.