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The Dangers of Distracted Driving – What to Know

Published on January 27th, 2020

If you’ve suffered property damage or been injured because of a distracted driver, we want to help you. Practicing as accident attorneys in Rockford, we’re well aware of the dangers posed by distracted driving, and we want you to be well informed as well. Here are some essentials everyone should know.

How do you define distracted driving?

Distracted driving is any activity that takes your attention off the road. Whether you have taken your eyes off the oncoming traffic or your hands off the steering wheel, all types of distraction increase your chances of wrecks, injury and death.

Three types of distractions

Traffic safety experts classify distractions into three main types, visual, manual and cognitive.

  • Visual distractions are those that cause you to take your eyes off the road and oncoming traffic.
  • Manual distractions are those that cause you to take your hands off the steering wheel.
  • Cognitive distractions are thoughts that divert your mind away from the task of driving.

The smartphone culprit

Unfortunately, those amazing smartphones that virtually all of us have contribute to thousands of accidents and deaths on our roadways yearly. According to a recent study at the University of Utah, smartphone users are as impaired as drivers with a legal blood-alcohol limit of 0.08%.

Please put those phones away while driving, and if you need the assistance of an accident attorney in Rockford, contact the American Law Firm today for a free case consultation.

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