Many people use cell phones while driving these days. That poses a risk for everyone sharing the roads. People who use their phones while driving are three times more likely to be involved in a car accident. Distracted accidents occur alarmingly often in St. Louis. If you or your loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, talk to our experienced St. Louis distracted driving lawyers.
Distracted Driving Accidents in St. Louis
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Types of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of teen car crashes and other types of motor vehicle accidents in St. Louis and across Missouri. Nearly 250 people died on Missouri highways from 2012 through 2014 in accidents involving distraction or inattention, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. Drivers need to pay attention to the traffic around them and remain alert. Any activity that distracts a driver’s attention diverts a driver’s eyes or requires a driver to take their hands off the steering wheel may cause a distracted driving accident.
The three main categories of distraction are:
- Visual—taking your eyes off the road.
- Manual—removing your hands from the steering wheel
- Cognitive— diverting your mind from the task of driving.
Many activities can create a driver distraction. Among the commons activities that distract drivers are:
Talking on a cell phone
Sending text messages
Checking your email
Watching a video
Eating and drinking
Talking to passengers
Adjusting a radio, CD player, navigation system, or electronic device
Grooming, brushing hair, putting on makeup
Looking at cars pulled over by police
Children, friends, and pets can all post dangerous distractions while you are driving. Some activities, such as texting while driving, are especially dangerous because they involve all three types of distraction. A driver typing a text message takes his or her eyes off the road, hands off the wheel to type and mind off the task of driving. Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the road for approximately five seconds. That is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you should consult with a St. Louis accident attorney experienced at handling distracted driving accidents.