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What constitutes distracted driving?

On Behalf of | Feb 10, 2020 | Car Accidents |

Distracted driving can come in numerous forms. Anything that takes a driver’s attention off of the road ahead, if only for a few seconds, may qualify as a distraction. Motorists may end up in serious collisions that result in someone becoming seriously injured or a fatality when they practice unsafe driving habits. Become familiar with what may constitute a distraction behind the wheel to avoid future infractions and catastrophic results. 

Cellphone usage 

The most prominent and illegal means of distracted driving occurs when a driver uses an electronic device behind the wheel. New Jersey enacted strict laws banning the use of handheld devices. This does not mean that a person cannot use GPS technology or place a call. It does mean that it all must occur via voice technology. Talking on the speakerphone or with the aid of Bluetooth helps to keep a driver’s eyes straight ahead. However, even in these cases, a distracted mind does not always focus well. As such, remaining off the phone, even hands-free, is one way to staying safe. 

Passenger interaction 

Many drivers are responsible for transporting children, spouses and even coworkers. In some instances, conversations or in-car activities may prove too distracting for drivers. If you need to look away from the windshield to calm a screaming child or even wrangle a wondering pet, there is a chance that you will miss an obstacle in the distance. Unfortunately, in these instances, returning to the task at hand may not occur quickly enough to avoid an incident. 

Food consumption 

Eating on the run has become a staple for many people. However, eating and drinking while behind the wheel may become distracting. Spilling food and beverages may end in a quick stop or lane shift. Taking a few minutes to stop takes more time, but it also maintains personal safety. 

Avoiding a collision and harm is of great importance to all drivers. To receive guidance after a distracted driving accident, consider speaking to an attorney.