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Exploring the dangers of distracted driving

Distracted driving has become a bit of an epidemic not only in North Carolina but also across the country. It is one of the most dangerous activities a driver can perform when behind the wheel of any vehicle. Distracted driving is quickly becoming a leading cause of death on the roads of the country. Today, we will explore the dangers of distracted driving.

What many drivers don't realize is that distracted driving is not just talking on or texting on a mobile phone while driving. Distracted driving is defined as any activity performed behind the wheel that can take the focus of the driver off the task at hand. Other distractions can include smoking, eating, grooming, talking to a passenger, changing the radio stations and much more.

There are three main types of distraction that drivers can suffer when behind the wheel. They include cognitive, visual and manual. Cognitive occurs when you are daydreaming while driving. Visual occurs when your eyes are no longer focused on the road in front of you. Manual occurs when your hands are no longer controlling the vehicle.

Researchers at the University of Utah found that speaking on a mobile phone will quadruple the risk of being involved in an accident. If you are texting while driving, the risk of being involved in an accident jumps to eight times the normal chance.

Have you or a loved one been injured in a crash involving a distracted driver in Wilson? An experienced personal injury attorney can protect your rights and help you determine how you can acquire compensation for those injuries.

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