Distracted drivers put you at risk every time you get on the road. Distracted driving is a widespread problem that injures and kills many people every year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distracted driving accidents caused 2,800 deaths and 400,000 injuries in 2018. Distracted driving continues to be an issue partially because there are many myths that surround it. Here are just a few.
1. Hands-free devices do not pose a risk
Hands-free devices are a convenient way to use your phone while you drive. Even though your eyes are on the road and your hands are on the wheel when you use a hands-free device, you are still more likely to subconsciously ignore visual and audio clues that could lead to a car accident.
2. Cellphone use is the only form of distraction
Many types of driver distractions exist that can compromise your ability to drive safely. For example, switching the radio, eating or drinking, applying makeup, talking to passengers, or reaching for items are all types of driver distractions.
3. Answering a text message is not dangerous
Many drivers underestimate the amount of time and concentration it takes to respond to a text message while driving. Even a few seconds of looking at your phone to respond to a text can significantly increase your risk of a crash.
Accidents involving a distracted driver can lead to injuries that compromise your ability to live your life. If you sustained injuries in a car accident, seek proper medical attention and do your best to collect information that supports your case.