Driving is a daily routine for millions of people. It is a convenient and efficient way to get to work, school or anywhere else we need to go. However, the increasing use of mobile devices and other distractions while driving has led to an increased number of car accidents.
Distracted driving can have serious consequences for the driver, passengers, pedestrians and other road users. Below are some of the dangers of distracted driving.
1. Loss of focus and attention
Driving requires full attention, and any distraction can cause a driver to lose focus on the road. For example, using a mobile device, eating, drinking or even talking with passengers can take your attention away from driving. This can result in delayed reaction times, failure to see traffic signs and poor judgment on the road.
2. Increased risk of accidents
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents. According to the NHTSA, distracted driving claimed the lives of approximately 3,142 people in the year 2020.
3. Emotional trauma
Car accidents caused by distracted driving can result in significant emotional trauma for everyone involved. Survivors of such accidents may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. The emotional trauma can last for years and impact the survivor’s daily life, including their ability to work and engage in social activities.
4. Possible arrest
Distracted driving is illegal in New Jersey. A driver caught using a mobile device or engaging in other forms of distraction may face fines and license suspension, depending on the severity of the offense. In some cases, distracted drivers may also face civil lawsuits for any damages or injuries caused by their actions.
Distracted driving is a dangerous and reckless behavior that can lead to serious car accidents with devastating consequences – but not everybody is getting the message. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, experienced legal guidance can help preserve your rights.