Driving is a task that requires Kent area motorists to pay attention to the roads and vehicles around them. When they become unfocused and use distractions, the risk of collisions significantly increases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distracted drivers injure more than 1,000 and kill nine people every day on roadways across the country. Every day, people get in their vehicles and use their cellphones to text and drive. Texting is not the only source of distraction for drivers. Grooming, eating, passengers, GPS navigational devices and pets are also popular forms of distractions for drivers.
Consumer Reports states that 49 percent of surveyed motorists were guilty of having their cellphones in their hands while driving, eight percent of them were watching videos and 41 percent of them were texting. The most common types of distractions fall into two categories: human and electronic. They can also be classified as manual, visual and cognitive. Most driver distractions are a combination of these factors.
The consequences of distracted driving are not always lethal. But they can cause a lot of property damage and trauma. Victims who survive often have huge medical expenses from their accidents and lost wages. Besides ending up car accident victims themselves, distracted motorists also have to deal with the legal, financial and personal ramifications of their actions.
It is important for drivers to remain alert and fully conscious of what is going on around them when they drive. The precious time they lose to distractions could mean the difference between life and death.