Distracted Driving Hazards
On the Scene E-Newsletter, Edition 143, August 10, 2011
If a driver of a vehicle engages in an activity that has the potential to take attention away from the primary task of driving, then that person is driving while distracted. Statistically, this is not a good thing. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 20% of injury crashes reported in 2009 involved distracted driving.
•Visual — taking your eyes off the road
Distracted drivers are more likely to react impulsively to a changing situation, i.e., distracted drivers are more likely to skid but less likely to slow. From an accident reconstruction perspective, why do we care about distracted drivers? Because distractions directly affect a driver’s reaction time and reaction time can have a determining effect on the scale and scope of an accident. For a more detailed explanation of reaction time, see this previous article titled, “Reaction Time, A Crucial Component to Braking”.
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