How Distracted Driving Causes Accidents
Motorists commonly operate their vehicles under the misconception that can drive safely, even while texting. However, it is a proven fact that texting while driving increases the likelihood of an accident. Although many people are aware of the safety risks involved with texting and driving, motorists continue to utilize mobile devices while simultaneous operating their vehicle. For many, recent legislation addressing this public health issue have failed to discourage persistent violators of texting and driving. Our accident and injury attorneys are concerned for the safety of Chicago’s residents, who share the roadways with motorists who fail to acknowledge the safety risks associated with texting and driving by discontinuing such behavior. Accordingly, the foregoing is provided by Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. in hopes that it will aide in generating public awareness as to the hazards of distracted driving.
The U.S. Department of Transportation and NHSTA in conjunction with the Distracted Driving Program, define distraction as “anything that can take away visual, manual or cognitive resources from the driving task.” Texting, consequently is a particularly dangerous distraction because it involves all three functions. The manner in which texting and driving combine to create an especially hazardous behavior is demonstrated below:
- Manual Distraction: Reasonable and cautious driving requires the use of both hands on the wheel. Because at least one hand must be utilized to read or send an electronic message, texting prevents a driver from keeping both hands on the wheel.
- Visual Distraction: Maintaining proper lookout, control, observation, and speed of a vehicle demands that the driver’s eyes remain focused on the roadway. When a motorist is utilizing an electronic device while driving, attentiveness is greatly reduced.
- Cognitive Distraction: Proper operation of a motor vehicle necessitates that the driver concentrate solely on the task of driving. Motorists need to be prepared for the obstacles that commonly present themselves as a vehicle is maneuvered, such as busy roadways, traffic, pedestrians, and other motorists. Texting distracts drivers from being fully aware of their immediate surroundings.
If you or a loved one were involved in a motor vehicle accident that you suspect may have been the result of another motorist’s distracted driving, you should know your legal rights. Distracted driving accidents are unique, especially those involving electronic devices, because such cases are often proven through records obtained from a negligent driver’s cell phone provider. Our Chicago accident and injury attorneys know the evidentiary value of obtaining any and all necessary records through the use of a validly issued subpoena.