Distracted driving is more common than you may think. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 481,000 drivers use their cellphones behind the wheel. That means at any given time, drivers around you could be distracted.
This is particularly dangerous considering that distracted driving accidents resulted in 3,450 road deaths in 2016 and 391,000 injuries in 2015.
Multitasking, a common roadway hazard
The problem is that most drivers who engage in distracted behavior don’t think they’ll cause a crash. Instead, they often believe that kind of thing happens to other people.
Additionally, with tighter schedules and more people trying to do more things in less time, many drivers are more likely to multitask. This could include:
- Eating and drinking while driving
- Making phone calls or sending quick texts
- Checking phone notifications when stopped at red lights
- Taking care of personal hygiene
However, a study conducted by researchers at the University of Utah found that safely multitasking while driving is nearly impossible to do, no matter how skilled a driver may be. The study tested and surveyed 310 undergraduate psychology students in the following areas:
- Ability to multitask
- Perceived ability to multitask
- Ability to use a cellphone while driving
- Ability to use other electronic media while driving
- Level of impulsivity and sensation-seeking
A staggering 70 percent of participants unrealistically believed their ability to multitask behind the wheel was above par. Ironically, those who actually displayed ability to multitask were less likely to engage in multitasking.
When it came to using cellphones while driving, impulsivity was ruled out. The real problem is inability to focus on a single task and avoid distractions.
Injured in a crash with a distracted driver? Now what?
If you were involved in an auto accident with a distracted driver, you may know 100 percent that you weren’t at fault. However, proving that the at-fault driver engaged in distracted behavior at the time of the crash can be difficult – unless he or she leaves behind digital evidence.
That’s why it’s crucial that you consult with an experienced Roanoke auto accident attorney who will fight to uphold your rights as a crash victim. You may have sustained injuries that require extensive medical care and time spent away from work. This may not only be costly, it may be emotionally exhausting.
The attorneys at Davis, Davis, Davis & Davis, PC can help you through these tough times. Contact us today to learn more.