Some people in South Carolina with a busy schedule attempt to multi-task behind the wheel, which often leads them to using mobile devices on the road while driving. Using a mobile device while driving is a form of distracted driving and doesn’t have good outcomes. Many distracted drivers exhibit certain behaviors that it’s important to watch out for on the road.
Basics of distracted driving
The United States Department of Transportation reports that distracted driving caused over 2,800 accidents in 2018 involving cyclists and pedestrians. Distracted driving refers to any activity that takes the driver’s concentration off the road even for a few seconds.
Many distracted driving activities involve electronic devices. A common violation includes talking on a cellphone or texting, which many states make a traffic violation. The penalties may include fines or jail time and a misdemeanor charge depending on the circumstance.
Common distracted driver behaviors
Distracted driving falls into three categories: visual, manual and cognitive. Visual occurs when the driver takes their eyes off the road: This could include looking for an object, reading the GPS or even quickly glancing at a billboard. Newer vehicles come equipped with safety features to reduce the chance of accidents related to quick visual distractions.
Manual distractions involve having the hands on something other than the steering wheel. This often occurs when the driver eats, changes the GPS, reaches in the back to tend to kids, puts on makeup or reaches for objects. Cognitive distraction refers to actions that take the driver’s mind off the road, such as being focused on something on the radio, thinking about work, getting upset or talking to others.
Truckers are at a higher risk of distracted driving behaviors due to the nature of the job. They commonly have to perform many tasks and drive under a tight schedule, which can lead to being distracted behind the wheel.
Distracted driving can cause car accidents and personal injury cases that have serious consequences. People who think distracted driving caused their accident may have the case analyzed by an attorney.