What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. These distractions not only endanger the driver, but their passengers, and bystanders safety. The most typical distractions include:
- Using a cell phone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading materials, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching videos
- Adjusting the radio or other musical devices
The dangers of distracted driving are staggering. Recent studies revealed that any given moment, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving. According to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012, distraction-affected crashes took the lives of 3,328, and an additional estimated 421,000 people were injured. With drivers in their 20s making up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes.
If you or a loved one have been in a wreck involving a distracted driver, we are here to help. Please call us today at 316-265-6000, toll free at 800-475-4140, or contact us online to discuss your case.