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What makes distracted driving so dangerous?

On Behalf of | Oct 25, 2018 | Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury |

Anyone who has driven on a freeway in Nevada has seen that cars can move very fast. Even the most sensible, economical family sedans on the market today can reach speeds that far exceed the state’s highest posted limits. Fast-moving cars can be dangerous for those who must share the roads with them, but distractions can make speeding vehicles even more treacherous to other motorists.

Distracted driving can happen anywhere and on all types of roads. It happens when drivers choose to let other stimuli take their attention when their complete focus should be on operating their vehicles. Distractions can come in the form of other passengers, food, smartphones, GPS systems, radios, or personal care items.

A driver who chooses to operate their vehicle while distracted is a danger to everyone near them. Considering just how quickly vehicles can travel when they are in operation, the true severity of harm that distracted drivers can inflict when they take their eyes off of the road is enormous. Over the course of a few seconds while a driver checks their text messages, they may cover hundreds of feet of road, miss traffic lights or signs, and crash into another vehicle or pedestrian that they never saw in front of them.

Distracted driving is dangerous because drivers who do it do not know what is happening around them. Their negligence can cause fatal accidents which may leave families fighting to get by without their beloved members. Accidents that are caused by distracted drivers may avail victims to personal injury-based claims and the recovery of their damages.