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It's time to get serious about distracted driving

If you're driving on the road in a motor vehicle -- it doesn't matter how big or small your vehicle happens to be -- you are operating a heavy piece of machinery that's barreling down the road at a speed that poses a serious threat to anything in its path. You and your vehicle even pose a threat to pedestrians and bicyclists on the side of the road in the event that you lose control of your car.

It's because of the inherent dangers associated with operating a motor vehicle that every driver must keep his or her eyes on the road at all times. Drivers who distract themselves with food, conversations and smartphones are placing themselves, their passengers and everyone else on the roadway at serious risk of suffering catastrophic injuries or death in a motor vehicle collision.

Distracted driving information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines distracted driving as a driver who is doing something -- that doesn't involve driving -- which results in his or her attention being taken away from the act of operating one's vehicle.

Distracted driving activities can literally include anything. However, they may also involve the following:

  • Texting while driving
  • Talking on a cellular phone
  • Using an electronic navigational device
  • Looking at a map
  • Eating while driving
  • Talking with passengers
  • Looking for something in your vehicle
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Putting on makeup

The CDC reports that nine people die and 1,000-plus are injured from distracted driving every day in the United States. However, some could argue that these numbers are even higher, since police are not always able to detect when distracted driving has occurred.

Keep your eyes on the road at all times

According to the CDC, distracted driving increases the chances that a motorist will cause or be involved in a vehicle crash. Imagine, for example, this: Sending a text message can result in a driver taking his or her eyes off the road for as long as five seconds at a time.

Distracted driving is dangerous; it's unlawful; and if you or a loved one was hurt by a driver who negligently failed to pay attention to the road, you may want to learn more about your legal right to pursue financial compensation.

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