Admit to it or not, virtually every driver who gets behind the wheel in the United States is distracted at least some of the time he or she is driving. Losing focus, however, is at the top of the list of reasons why car accidents happen in America. For this reason, it is critical that you are focused when driving on the road as distracted drivers are more and more common. Below are several things you should know about the dangers of distracted driving in Nevada.
The More You Know
Distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents in the United States, according to an article published by Health eNews. In fact, 25% of all car accidents on America’s roads are caused by distracted drivers. Despite states across the nation, including Nevada, passing distracted driving laws making it illegal to engage in certain activities while behind the wheel distracted driving still persists. Unknown to most of the general population, it takes a mere three seconds after a driver becomes distracted to get into an accident.
Generally, there are three different types of distracted driving — manual, visual, and cognitive. Manual distraction occurs when the driver takes his or her hands off the wheel. Visual distraction happens when the driver takes his or her eyes off the road. Cognitive distraction occurs when a driver zones out while driving. Notably, texting while driving encompasses all three types of distracted driving. Indeed, studies show that texting while driving puts you at a 23% higher risk of being involved in a car accident.
Ways to Avoid Distracted Driving
Being fully alert at all times is key to staying safe on Nevada’s roads and highways. Because the likelihood of other drivers being distracted while you are on the road is high, there is more you can do to avoid an accident. This includes:
Planning your driving route ahead of time;
Preparing your music playlist before getting on the road;
Avoiding eating behind the wheel;
Not engaging in personal grooming while driving;
Getting plenty of rest before heading out on your trip;
Never getting behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs.
Under Nevada state law, it is illegal to text or talk on a handheld cell phone or similar electronic device while driving. This law was passed by Nevada’s state legislature in 2011.
Legal Help in Las Vegas
Distracted driving poses a danger to everyone everyday on America’s roads. If you or someone you know was a victim of a Las Vegas car accident due to the fault of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for injuries suffered. The skilled personal injury attorneys at Parry & Pfau have years of experience fighting for the injured across Nevada and will do the same for you.
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