Distracted driving remains a leading cause of car accidents

On Behalf of | Nov 5, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

One of the most common reasons for auto collisions in Kentucky is distracted driving. The issue of distraction has been a significant problem for many years, especially with the popularity of smartphones and cars with infotainment systems. While phones are one of the primary sources of distracted driving, this is not the only thing that can take a driver’s attention and lead to a higher chance of car accidents.

Distraction is a factor in many fatal accidents, and it often leaves innocent people with serious injuries. Many people believe they are safe to use their phones as long as they are using the hands-free feature, but this is not necessarily safer. A driver can have two hands on the wheel but still be significantly mentally distracted while having the conversation. This can lead to poor choices and an increased risk of a crash.

Phones are not the only things that can cause distracted driving. Talking with a passenger, eating or drinking, adjusting the radio or even looking at something on the side of the road can be distracting. Looking away from the road for even two seconds double the chance that a driver will cause an accident. Staying focused should be a primary responsibility for anyone on the road.

Distracted driving is inexcusable and unacceptable, whether it happens because of phone use or another reason. Kentucky drivers are responsible for the choices they make that cause harm to another person. Victims of car accidents caused by this type of negligent driving could have grounds to pursue compensation through a civil claim.