Distracted Driving and Accidents in Michigan

transportation and vehicle concept - man drinking coffee and using phone while driving the car
transportation and vehicle concept – man drinking coffee and using phone while driving the car

Distracted driving has always been a problem. Driving requires your hearing, seeing and a high level of alertness. There are many distractions. It is not a new problem, but it is a problem that is exponentially increasing.

It used to be that eating and drinking were the main culprits for distractions. Spilling a drink or dropping food causes people to take their eyes off the road. It only takes a few brief moments to end up in a car accident.

Cell phone usage has contributed greatly to distractions. Cell phones require more cognitive functions than eating and drinking. Cell phones require your hearing, attention to conversations and the mere fumbling with the technology. Texting requires the use of hands, so creative uses of the legs and arms, coupled with a complete vision loss on the road make texting a pernicious behavior.

A texting ban went into effect in 2010 included Michigan (along with 29 other states).[1. http://www.iihs.org/media/fc495300-6f8c-419d-84d7-c3b94d178e5a/631033115/HLDI%20Research/Bulletins/hldi_bulletin_27.11.pdf] Drivers (except permit and intermediate license holders) are still allowed to hold a cellphone during a conversation.

The website Distraction.gov provides teens, parents and educators with excellent tools to reduce and potentially eliminate distractions while driving.

If you have been involved in an accident where distracted behaviors contributed, please contact us today for a free evaluation of your case.