The variety of ways in which drivers can be distracted is seemingly endless. Recently, a California woman was pulled over by a highway patrol officer on the suspicion of speeding. When the officer saw that she was wearing Google Glass, the officer gave the woman a citation for driving with video or TV in the vehicle.
Distracted driving is usually associated with cell phones, but it can actually take a wide range of forms. Consider the following when it comes to distracted driving:
Forms of distracted driving
According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are three main types of distracted driving. These include visual, manual and cognitive distractions. Texting seems to be the most dangerous because it combines all three forms of distractions. It involves taking eyes away from the roadway, hands away from the wheel and concentration away from the act of driving.
Examples of distracted driving
Under California law, using hand-held cell phones while driving is illegal. Nevertheless, many drivers refuse to obey the law and proceed to text, tweet, email and instant message from behind the wheel. Unfortunately, distracted driving doesn’t just include the use of cell phones; a number of other distractions plague the roadway:
- Applying makeup or grooming hair
- Eating a meal or drinking coffee
- Engaging in a compelling conversation with a passenger or on a headset
- Adjusting the radio, CD player or other electronic vehicle device
- Tending to children in the vehicle
If you’ve been involved in an automobile crash, you may have a strong lawsuit against a distracted driver. This could result in monetary compensation for past and future health expenses, property damage, rehabilitation, lost wages and pain and suffering. Contact an experienced Pasadena auto accident attorney today to discuss your case.