In Texas, state law provides law enforcement officials with a lot of discretion when it comes to ticketing distracted drivers. If you are changing the music on your smartphone, and that action results in aberrant behavior, you can be ticketed with distracted driving and unsafe driving.
While most people tend to associate distracted driving with talking or texting on a cell phone, distracted driving is actually a very broad term that covers a number of behaviors. Typically, these behaviors fall into three catagories.
While all distractions can endanger drivers’ safety, actions texting, emailing, or selecting a song on your smartphone or iPod are the most alarming because they involve all three types of distraction.
However, research has indicated that even the use of hands-free phone conversations can cause drivers to miss visual and audio cues that could help them avoid a wreck.
The National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) estimated that at a typical daylight moment in 2014, there were 587,632 passenger vehicles driven by people using hand-held cell phones.
One of the big problems with driver distraction is everybody thinks they are somehow immune to the distraction in front of them – that is, they believe by being aware that their behavior is classified as distracted driving, they can focus on multitasking and therefore have mitigated the danger. This is not true.
In reality, human brain does not have the ability to do two things at the same time, but the brain can handle multiple tasks sequentially – this means that your brain is not doing two things at the same time, but it is quickly switching back and forth between one task and another. The brain’s ability to quickly switch back and forth between tasks just means that the brain is really only performing one task at a time.
Switching back and forth between multiple tasks can lead people to experience “inattention blindness,” which causes peoples’ brains to shift focus – this means that while drivers may “look” at a red light, they may not “see” the red light. Not only does attempting to do multiple tasks at the same time cause people to experience inattention blindness, it may also cause them to have much slower reaction times.
Most experts agree that the ten most deadly driving distractions are:
If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident due to the actions of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced auto accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. We can meet you wherever you reside, whether it be at home, at your workplace, or in the hospital. Contact us today for a free case review.