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Distracted driving is as deadly as drunk driving

On Behalf of | Nov 14, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

A drunk driver and a distracted driver have one thing in common: Neither of them has their full attention on the road, which is a recipe for disaster. Their reaction time to avert a potential traffic disaster is slow, and they pose a danger to themselves and other motorists alike. 

Driver distractions consist of anything that gets the driver’s attention off the road. Distractions can either be:

  • Visual, where the driver takes their eyes off the road
  • Manual, where the driver takes their hands off the control wheel
  • Cognitive, where the driver’s mind is focused on other things but driving

Either form of distraction can be deadly, as studies have equated distracted driving to driving while drunk.

A distracted driver may be breaking the law

Given the dangers of distracted driving, most states have enacted laws to deal with such drivers. For instance, driving while texting is illegal in Florida. Potential penalties include fines, which increase according to the number of times a driver is found guilty of the offense. In addition, insurance premiums may be increased for drivers constantly flouting the law.

Have you been involved in an accident with a distracted driver?

Accidents caused by distracted drivers mainly occur at intersections when drivers run a red light oblivious of oncoming traffic. Rear-end accidents are also common since the driver is unaware of the cars in front or behind them. Failing to react on time to emergency situations by braking, for example, could aggravate the injuries suffered by the victims, and the responsible driver may be held accountable.

If you are a victim of such an accident, it is necessary to protect your legal rights. Taking the proper steps will increase your chances of being adequately compensated for your injuries.