Distracted driving should be avoided in all situations. That includes avoiding distracted driving inside and outside the vehicle while driving. Distracted driving can cause serious car accidents which can result in catastrophic injuries to victims.
In addition to texting while driving, which is prohibited in North Carolina, and using a cell phone while driving, which is prohibited for drivers under the age of 18 while driving in North Carolina, there are other types of distracted driving behaviors that should also be avoided including:
- Eating while driving;
- Grooming while driving;
- Operating a radio while driving;
- Operating a navigation device while driving; and
- Engaging with passengers, children or pets while driving.
There are 3 categories of distracted driving behaviors that, unfortunately, drivers engage in every day. They include:
- Cognitive – cognitive distraction includes engaging in activities while driving that remove the driver’s attention and focus from driving.
- Visual – visual distraction includes engaging in activities while driving that remove the driver’s eyes from the roadway.
- Manual – manual distraction includes engaging in activities while driving that remove the driver’s hands from the steering wheel.
Texting while driving is considered particularly dangerous distracted driving behavior because it involves cognitive, visual and manual distraction all into one dangerous distracted driving activity. The reality is that distracted drivers may be considered negligent and responsible for the harm they cause victims in a distracted driving-related accident.
A personal injury claim for damages against a distracted driver can help car accident victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages. Victims of distracted drivers can suffer serious injuries, leaving them in need of help with their losses and with picking up the pieces of the harm caused by a distracted driver.