We have all heard the advertisements and warnings. Stop talking on your
cell phone while driving. No texting and driving. While these are very
dangerous activities, resulting in serious injury and even death, cell
phones are not the only dangerous distractions that drivers face.
Recognizing driver distractions
You may have been involved in a
motor vehicle crash and expected to see the other driver with a cell phone in his hand, but
instead you may have noticed a McDonald’s burger or a cup of Starbucks.
This is still an important detail. Many people do not recognize eating
as a type of distracted driving because it is so commonplace. But the
reality is, eating is a distraction, too.
What is “distracted driving?”
The legal definition of “distracted driving” is “[a]ny
activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract him or
her from the primary task of driving.” There are generally three
types of distractions that have a negative impact on a person’s
ability to drive: visual, manual and cognitive.
A visual distraction is something that makes you take your eyes off the
road and a manual distraction causes you to take your hands off the wheel.
Cognitive distractions are possibly the hardest to avoid. As human beings,
distractions are inevitable and cannot be avoided altogether. However,
eating while driving, impacts in all three categories of distracted driving;
visual, manual and cognitive.
How big is the problem?
Distracted driving, in general, is a huge problem. According to government
statistics, more than 3,000 people were killed in 2013 as a result of
crashes involving distracted drivers. More than 400,000 were injured by
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle crash, caused by a distracted
driver, you may be able to recover damages for those injuries. If you
have questions regarding a personal injury matter, contact us
online or by calling the Law Office of Cody R. Wix, LLC, at (205) 381-4787.