Posted: June 29, 2022
Distracted driving is a major cause of accidents in the United States. Nationwide, nine people are killed every day in crashes reported to involve a distracted driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Such accidents can happen when a motorist fails to pay sufficient attention to driving. This can include driving absentmindedly or while multitasking. These distractions shift attention from navigating the road safely and endanger the lives of others.
Fortunately, distracted driving can be prevented. When driving, motorists can manage hazardous distractions by focusing on safe driving. Distracted driving endangers not only the driver’s life but also that of other road users. Motorists can take protective measures to reduce the risk of distracted driving.
According to the NHTSA, distracted driving can include activities that divert attention from driving. These activities, which can potentially include eating, drinking, texting, daydreaming, etc., have the potential to lead to a catastrophic accident.
Three types of distractions a driver may experience include visual, manual, and cognitive distractions.
Drivers have a duty to exercise reasonable care while operating motor vehicles on New York roads, and drivers can uphold this duty of care by focusing on the road ahead. One common potential distraction is cell phone use. New York Vehicle and Traffic Law 1225-d provides that “no person shall operate a motor vehicle while using any portable electronic device while such vehicle is in motion.” Drivers who violate this law can easily become distracted. Be Safe While Driving
When drivers don’t focus on the road accidents can occur, causing injuries to themselves, passengers, and other innocent road users. Distracted driving is dangerous driving.