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Is distracted driving really that dangerous?

The answer to the question above is yes. Distracted driving is dangerous and it is linked to thousands of fatal crashes every year. Unfortunately, it is also very common on Florida roads.

According to recent statistics, Florida ranks as the second-worst state for driving while distracted. Despite these and other upsetting statistics that paint a grim picture of the effects of distracted driving, people still engage in various distracted driving behaviors, including those we list below.

Distracting behaviors to avoid while driving

While driving, you should not:

  • Text
  • Take pictures on your phone
  • Browse the internet
  • Groom
  • Eat
  • Fiddle with navigation or music programs
  • Try to find something in the backseat
  • Pay more attention to your passengers than the road

Each of these behaviors can be distracting in various ways.

The different types of distraction

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention separates distracted driving into three different forms.

  • Visual distraction: This is anything that takes your eyes of the road, like using your phone or digging around for something in the backseat.
  • Manual distraction: This is anything that requires you to take your hands off the wheel. This includes texting, using a navigation system or grooming.
  • Cognitive distraction: This is anything that takes your away from the task of driving. Having upsetting conversations on the phone, talking to your passengers and trying to figure out a complicated entertainment feature in the car are all cognitive distractions.

Holding a driver accountable for distracted driving

Drivers who focus on driving and set aside other tasks or priorities are safer than drivers who fail to do this. Unfortunately, they are also the ones who often wind up paying the price when another driver fails to take these same precautions.

If you or your loved one is injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, there is nothing you can do to undo the devastating incident. However, taking legal action can send a powerful message to the driver and others who still engage in distracted driving that they are accountable for their behaviors. A lawsuit can also help victims recover from a crash by securing compensation for damages that have been suffered as a result. 

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