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3 common misconceptions about distracted driving

3 common misconceptions about distracted driving

On Behalf of | Nov 17, 2021 | Firm News

Distracted drivers put you at risk every time you get in your car to go somewhere. 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 because there are many myths that surround it.

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 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 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 increase your risk for an accident.

Accidents involving a distracted driver can lead to injuries that compromise your ability to lead a normal daily life. If you sustained injuries in a car accident, seek proper medical attention and diligently collect information to support your case.