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Why is distracted driving so dangerous?

Motor vehicle crashes can result in devastating injuries and loss of life. Depending on the types of vehicles involved and the speeds at which they were traveling, the consequences can be catastrophic. That’s why drivers always need to pay attention to the road even when performing a short commute during the day.

Unfortunately, drivers can easily become distracted by countless activities. From eating and personal grooming to texting and manipulating a navigation system, drivers will take their attention from the road numerous times during even a short trip. Succumbing to these distractions, though, can result in deadly collisions whether they are in a car, on a motorcycle or driving an 18-wheeler.

  • Rear-end collisions: In what are generally considered the most common type of vehicle crash, a distracted driver can take his or her eyes off the road and lose track of stopped or slowed traffic. Not having the ability to stop can lead to a rear-end collision resulting in head trauma, broken bones, spinal cord damage or soft tissue sprains.
  • Head-on collisions: It is not uncommon for a distracted driver to begin drifting into a lane of oncoming traffic. Whether they are looking down at a cell phone message or looking into the passenger seat to clean up spilled food, moving into oncoming traffic can lead to a head-on crash. This can result in severe injuries as the force of the crash is doubled.
  • T-bone collisions: Often referred to as a side-impact or broadside crash, this type of collision can be caused on nearly any road from surface streets to neighborhoods and parking lots. A distracted driver can become enamored with another task and fail to recognize intersections, cross-streets or safety signals.

Drivers must fight to ignore distractions and keep our roads safe. Distracted driving collisions can result in serious, often deadly, injuries that can destroy an entire family.