Virtually every state in the U.S. has some kind of anti-distracted driving law, Nevada included. Public-safety campaigns and scientific research have repeatedly warned us of the effects that driving while distracted can have, especially the risk of severe injury and death in auto accidents.
But distracted driving is still a menace in Las Vegas and the country’s other major cities. Smartphone use is likely the primary problem, but there are plenty of ways these irresponsible drivers are splitting their focus. According to one survey, the ten most common forms of distracted driving that motorists admit to are:
- Reading or viewing something on their phone or other device
- Typing a text message
- Picking their nose
- Eating a meal
- Kissing a passenger
- Changing clothes
- Cleaning the dashboard or windshield
- Brushing their hair
- Applying makeup or deodorant
- Sexual activity
Less commonly reported, but interesting, distractions included reading a book or newspaper, shaving one’s beard or leg hair, and changing a baby’s diaper. A common theme in many of these distractions is activities that should have been done at home or once the driver had reached their destination. Instead, they decided it was more important to take care of these things while also driving instead of taking the task of driving seriously.
Help moving on from a distracted driving car crash
No matter how a driver chooses to distract themselves from the road, they are greatly increasing the chances that they cause a violent car accident. More important than a possible ticket for distracted driving is the harm these negligent, thoughtless people cause to others. Every year, distracted drivers badly injury or kill thousands of Americans.
Victims might have to live with their disabilities for the rest of their lives, but they can also seek full financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Consider calling a personal injury lawyer for more information about your prospects for recovery.