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Distracted driving accidents are on the rise

Texting while driving is not only dangerous, it is illegal in Indiana. At Doane Law Office, LLC, we know that distractions behind the wheel include more than just texting. If you have been in an accident due to distracted driving, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

According to the Indiana Department of Labor, distracted drivers are those who engage in any activity that takes attention from the road. There are three primary types of dangerous driver distractions. Cognitive distractions are those when the driver focuses inward rather than on driving. Manual distractions involve taking one or both hands off the wheel for any reason. Visual distractions are those that consist of the driver looking away from the road. Texting incorporates all three types of diversions, making it more likely that the driver will be involved in an accident.

Although texting has received the most scrutiny, it is not the only form of interference that [can take your] attention away from the road. Everyday activities completed while behind the wheel include the following:

  • Using GPS
  • Talking with passengers
  • Personal grooming
  • Eating and drinking
  • Changing music or temperature
  • Speaking on the phone

Today, texting while behind the wheel causes more traffic accidents than driving while under the influence. The average text takes approximately five seconds to read. This is enough time [for the driver next to you] to miss a traffic light turned red or veer out of a travel lane.

Cellphone use of any kind can result in some level distraction. When a driver's hands or eyes move from the road, the risk of an accident increases. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.

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