Distracted driving comes in many forms, and all of them can lead to serious and possibly fatal accidents. So many of the distracted driving cases come from teenagers, and the distraction is the cell phone. As the use of cellular devices has increased over the years, the automobile accidents have also gone up. The Law Office of Samer Habbas & Associates wants to educate motorists of all ages on the dangers of distracted driving.
What is Distracted Driving?
According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, there are three types of distracted driving: cognitive, manual, and visual. Cognitive distracted driving is things that can cause the brain to not be focused on driving. These are things such as anger or road rage, talking to passengers in the vehicle, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Manual distracted driving is something that would cause both hands not to be on the steering wheel. These are things such as looking through a bag, buckling or adjusting seatbelts and eating while driving. Visual distracted driving is things that take the eyes off of the road. This can be things like changing the radio station, putting on makeup, typing in the GPS device, and texting. Texting actually can fall into all three types because it impairs the driver from being able to overcome road conditions.
Results of Distracted Driving
Many states have laws regarding texting and driving and most certainly against driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Some states even have laws against cell phone use in the car altogether because of the distractions that it can cause. Of course, it is tempting to answer a phone call or type a quick text out, but the results caused by this are not worth it. In addition to getting a ticket for a traffic violation, these distractions can cause serious accidents and injuries. These injuries may include head trauma, spinal injuries, whiplash, neck muscle and ligament damage, and even paralysis.
Most of these are life-changing injuries that prevent those injured from moving forward with their normal, everyday life. There are long-term effects caused by automobile accidents not only by the person or people involved but also by the people who witness the accident. They can leave emotional scars for years to come. Any injuries caused by these accidents can be handled by an Orange County Personal Injury Lawyer to get the justice and compensation deserved.
Distracted driving is not something to play around with. It is very serious and the precautions that should be taken to prevent it should be taken seriously as well. Driving classes educate drivers of all ages about the dangers and consequences of distracted driving. If you have been in an accident caused by a distracted driver, visit HabbasPilaw.com to find out more about this lawyer that can help with the next steps.