Why Distracted Driving is Dangerous

Many motorist multitask behind the wheel. From changing the radio to grooming on your morning commute, many things can take your attention away from the road. Even if you look away for a split second, the driving conditions around you may change just as quickly. This can lead to a dangerous situation on the roadway. If you aren’t convinced distracted driving is bad, take a look below to learn why it is so dangerous.


Why Distracted Driving is Dangerous:

Delayed Reaction Time

If you are not paying attention to the road while driving, your reaction time may increase. The driving conditions around you may change in a split second and you won’t have enough time to react in a timely manner. If the car in front of you comes to an abrupt stop, you may need to be hitting the brakes as soon as possible but this may not happen at the right time if you are distracted and focused on another task.

Eyes Away From The Road

Your eyes are a key part of driving and scanning the road around your vehicle to safely navigate is an important task. If your eyes aren’t on the road, you are likely missing important visual information. Taking your eyes off the road – even for a quick second – can be dangerous for you and others on the roadway.

Mind on Other Tasks

If you aren’t actively thinking about the driving conditions around you, you are more likely to miss an event that would require quick reaction time on your part. Try to focus on the road at all times when you’re behind the wheel.

Top Distractions for Drivers:

Texting, emailing, or using social media networks
Eating food in the car
Changing the radio
Talking on the phone
Finding an item in the back seat
Digging through purse
Mediating rowdy kids in the back

Now that you know why distracted driving is so dangerous and what the top distracters are, you can make the right decision when driving. Avoid having your attention drawn away from the task at hand – driving. If you are involved in an accident due to a distracted driver, contact our Lake of the Ozarks law firm for an evaluation of your legal options.



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