Driving is such an every-day activity that we sometimes take for granted just how dangerous it can be to operate a vehicle. Unfortunately, there are motorists who distract themselves with phones, food and other activities while behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distractions cause 25% of all traffic accidents in the United States. Furthermore, it is estimated that distracted drivers are responsible for 8 fatalities and 1,161 injuries each day (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention). Our Kansas personal injury attorneys want motorists to make the road a safer place for everyone.
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“Distracted driving is any activity that takes a motorist’s focus off the road,” says Chuck Hess, auto accident attorney. “These can be internal distractions inside the vehicle, letting your mind wander during your commute, or things outside the vehicle such as construction work. Driving demands your full attention at all times. When your attention is elsewhere, the consequences can be devastating.”
These are distractions within the vehicle that take a motorist’s attention away from driving. Internal distractions while driving include: talking to another passenger, using mobile devices or the radio, eating, applying makeup, looking for a lost item, reading, talking on the phone, and texting.
Texting While Driving
Statistics show that texting while driving is even more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. Texting involves reading, processing information, and typing. This takes a driver’s attention off the road for at least 5 seconds at a time. In these 5 seconds your vehicle is traveling the length of a football field. You won’t be aware of traffic conditions, and won’t be able to react until it’s too late.
Motorists sometimes become distracted by activities outside the vehicle. These might include: road work, car wrecks, billboards, scenery, people walking down the street, animals, and even watching the sunrise. It’s natural to be curious. However, take a quick look and return your attention to the road where it belongs.
“We drive our morning/evening commutes so often that it’s easy to go into ‘auto pilot’ mode,” says Rob Lee, Kansas personal injury attorney. “Motorists sometimes let their minds wander. Instead of concentrating on driving, they think about their workday, what they’ll do when they get home, or focus on stressful situations. Drivers need to be aware of their surroundings and traffic conditions at all times. Listen to soothing music, let go of your worries, and focus on the safety of your trip.”
If you have been injured in a car accident, our Kansas personal injury attorneys want to help you find fair compensation. Lee, Gurney & Hess gives every client the personal representation you deserve. Contact our Kansas personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation!