Distracted drivers are dangerous drivers, according to a recent study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Research by a team at Virginia Tech found that when drivers are engaged in distracting activities — such as texting, crying or talking with passengers — they are twice as likely to crash than attentive drivers. The findings are especially important for younger drivers as they are more prone to participating in distracting activities while behind the wheel.
Along with cell phone usage — texting, talking, etc. — the team at Virginia Tech found other distracting activities, including:
1. Reading or writing;
2. Reaching for an object;
3. Using a GPS;
4. Driving while angry, sad, crying or highly emotional;
5. Fatigue; and
6. Interacting with a passenger
The Virginia Tech researchers concluded that aside from impairment, distraction is the greatest detriment to driver safety. This study on distracted driving confirmed what we all know — that attention and vigilance is required on the roadways.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a crash with a distracted driver, please call the Law Office of Andrew S. Martin, LLC for a free consultation.