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Why people should not drive while distracted

For many drivers in San Diego, driving with distractions is the norm. However, distractions are the primary reason why more fatal car accidents are occurring. Those who are in the habit of talking or texting on their phone, looking away from the road to talk to passengers, reaching for items and adjusting their vehicle’s infotainment system are endangering themselves and everyone on the roads. 

Distractions have many forms. Any activity that interferes with cognitive, visual and manual driving abilities increases the risk of causing motor vehicle collisions. 

How distractions lead to accidents 

When people drive, they must use their eyes, hands and thoughts to navigate the vehicle safely. When they are not mentally focused, do not have both hands on the steering wheel and are not looking at the traffic conditions, they lose the ability to spot hazards and avoid them. For example, if someone is texting while driving in rush hour traffic, he or she might not see the car ahead come to a sudden stop and may end up crashing into it at a fast speed. 

Repeat behavior encourages complacency 

People who have never been involved in a distraction-related car accident may have a hard time understanding the dangers. The more people drive with distractions, the more complacent they become. Distracted driving is so dangerous that many states and municipalities across the country have outlawed the use of electronics while driving

Even when electronics are put away, it may be difficult to avoid distractions on the roads. People should keep in mind the risks and what they stand to lose from a car accident. They could end up with serious injuries that keep them from enjoying the lifestyle they currently have, or even lose their lives and leave loved ones heartbroken and without support. There is also the possibility that a distracted driver could face criminal charges and civil litigation if his or her actions ultimately lead to the injury or death of another person.

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