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Understanding the Different Forms of Distracted Driving in Larimer County

 Posted on February 02, 2023 in Car Accident

CO accident lawyerWhether we like it or not, driving is an essential form of transportation in our society. Unfortunately, many of us drive so much that we become numb to the dangers of driving. As a result, car accidents have unfortunately become a part of the risk we take every time we get behind the wheel. However, it is up to us to mitigate risk where we can. We cannot control how others drive, but we can control how we drive.

A significant risk to safe driving is distracted driving in all of its forms. Our society has become so digitized in recent years that distracted driving caused by texting on our cell phones has become a significant problem on roads across America. That being said, texting behind the wheel is not the only form of distracted driving that is highly dangerous. This blog will look at different forms of distracted driving and work to understand how distracted driving endangers everyone on the road. If you have been affected by a distracted driving accident, contact an attorney who will advocate for your best interests while working to obtain the compensation you may deserve.

Technology, Cell Phones, and Distracted Driving

There is no question that technology has improved our society in many different ways. At the same time, however, it has complicated our lives in many ways. This is especially true when it comes to cars. Many cars nowadays have immersive touchscreens that can become very distracting when people drive. In addition, such technology has the potential to cause deadly accidents.

However, few pieces of technology are more distracting than our cell phones. It can be challenging to resist the urge to text while we drive, especially when we receive a text. Even if you do not want to respond to the message, simply reading the text message can take someone’s eyes off the road for enough time that it causes a horrific car crash. Many people believe that if they refrain from texting while driving, they can safely talk on the phone instead. This is not true. Speaking on the phone while you drive is a hazardous activity that, just like texting, can quickly lead to car accidents.

What Are Other Forms of Distracted Driving?

It seems like electronic technology is always at the forefront of distracted driving cases. It must be mentioned that there are other common ways someone can get distracted while they drive. These ways include the following:

  • Speaking with other passengers in the car
  • Eating food or drinking
  • Grasping for objects in the car
  • Shaving or applying makeup while driving
  • Zoning out or daydreaming while driving

Even if someone is distracted for just a few seconds, that is all that is needed to cause a devastating car accident.

Contact a Colorado Car Accident Attorney

If a distracted driver has injured you, consider consulting with the compassionate Fort Collins car accident lawyers with Hoggatt Law Office, P.C.. Call 970-225-2190 for a free consultation.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/transportationsafety/distracted_driving/index.html

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