Most Common Types of Distracted Driving in FloridaTampa Bay Legal News
We are a nation that loves to multitask. Whether we are binging our favorite television series while we fold our laundry, streaming a new podcast we discovered while we cook dinner, or practicing our acceptance speech for an award (just in case) while we are taking a shower, Americans are widely conditioned to think that accomplishing two things at once is not only the most productive use of their time but also, possible.
Regardless of your thoughts on the numerous studies that indicate humans cannot truly multitask with any notable degree of success, dividing your attention between multiple activities at once is something that should not be done by someone driving a motor vehicle. Although any form of distracted driving is unsafe and can lead to major car crashes, the actions listed below occur most frequently and are, therefore, the most hazardous.
Texting and Driving
Despite the continuing national safety campaigns imploring drivers to refrain from texting behind the wheel, a survey that was recently directed by a car insurance company found that 31% of drivers confessed to sending or receiving text messages while they were operating a vehicle and nearly 75% of all drivers stated that they have witnessed others texting and driving at the same time. The study also showed that over half of all drivers from 18 to 34-years-old routinely text while driving a car.
Checking Social Media or Email
Almost all contemporary automobiles are equipped with on-board navigation systems and entertainment systems that make it a little too easy for motorists to receive and send text messages, read their emails, and update their social media accounts on a whim. A lot of people contend that these innovations actually promote distracted driving because they are always at their fingertips and remarkably easy for drivers to access. Although the majority of these features are able to be operated hands-free, they are still the cause of drivers taking their eyes off the road and their focus off of driving.
Taking Pictures or Video
Another common type of distracted driving stemming from the use of electronic devices such as cell phones is drivers taking selfies and recording themselves while driving so they can post them to social media. Removing your eyes, hands, or focus from the roadway raises your chances of being injured in a serious vehicle collision.
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