Distracted driving is an epidemic on our roads. According to the Department of Transportation, in 2011, over 3,000 people were killed by distracted drivers. The National Safety Council also estimates that 25% of all crashes can be attributed to someone either talking on a cellphone or texting while driving.
If you or your loved one was injured in an automobile accident involving a distracted driver, you may be able to take legal action against the negligent party/parties. Breit Drescher Imprevento can help you fight for the full, fair recovery you are owed. With more than 30 years of experience and over $250 million recovered on behalf of our clients, our Virginia Beach car accident attorneys are prepared to fight for you. We represent injured individuals and their families throughout the Greater Hampton Roads Metropolitan Area.
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Understanding the Different Types of Distracted Driving
Distracted drivers are all around us and represent one of the most dangerous threats to safety on the road. Distracted driving can be divided into four categories: physical distractions, visual distractions, audible distractions, and cognitive distractions.
Examples of each type of distracted driving include:
- Physical distractions are driver distractions in which the driver removes his or her hands from the steering wheel. Such distractions include changing the radio station, eating while driving, or even applying makeup while driving.
- Visual distractions are distractions that divert a driver’s vision from the road, such as reading while driving, texting while driving, or looking down to change the radio station.
- Audible distractions are sounds that take a driver’s time and attention from the road, such as ongoing conversations with passengers or loud stereo music.
- Cognitive distractions are things that require a driver to think about things other than driving. Cognitive distractions are often the most overlooked driver distractions. For example, talking on a cellphone by using a hands-free device is considered by many to be a safer alternative to driving while talking on a hand-held device. More and more traffic studies, however, debunk this myth by finding that talking on a cellphone while driving, even with a hands-free device is just as distracting and dangerous as driving while talking into the device directly.
The bottom line is there are virtually unlimited causes for distracted drivers, making travel on the roadways more dangerous than ever.
How to Avoid Distracted Driving
Some key tips for doing your part to make the roads safer include:
- Minimize distractions before starting your car. Take care of potential driver distractions before putting your vehicle in motion. Get directions ahead of time.
- Send any important emails and return last minute calls before starting your car. Make sure child passengers are buckled in and have any books, games, or other forms of entertainment before you get on the road.
- Only answer important calls while driving and keep the duration of any conversation to an absolute minimum. Also, be sure people are aware of your desire not to talk during times you are on the road. This will eliminate those calls from friends during the rush hour commute, which is when traffic volume is highest and distractions must be avoided at all costs.
- Never text while driving. Even though texting and driving is illegal in Virginia, it still falls into almost every driver distraction category and is among the most hazardous of all driver distractions. Avoid reading or sending texts while driving at all costs.
- Do not eat while driving. This sounds simple, but how many times have you seen someone wrestling with a fast food bag while driving?
At Breit Drescher Imprevento, we have handled thousands of personal injury cases arising out of automobile collisions. Many are collisions caused by distracted drivers. We understand how driver distractions cause accidents, and we know how to gather the evidence necessary to prove it.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, call Breit Drescher Imprevento at (757) 330-4099 for a free consultation with one of our Virginia Beach car accident attorneys.