If you are like most people in Indiana, the concept of distracted driving is no longer new to you. More and more has been said and learned about this in recent years as technology has crept more and more into every facet of people's lives. While there are benefits to having access to a phone while away from home, work or school, there are clear risks that this poses as well. Understanding the laws in Indiana and really what can be considered distraction is important.
According to Distraction.gov, there are really three types of distractions faced by drivers. One type of distraction is the cognitive distraction. This is anything that takes your mind off of concentrating on your driving, the road conditions, traffic signals or other vehicles around you. This might even be a conversation with a passenger in your car. Another distraction is a manual distraction. This is anything that takes your hand or hands off of the steering wheel or gear shift. A third distraction is visual in that your eyes are diverted away from the act of driving.
Texting has been found to be one of the most dangerous types of distractions to drivers because it involves all three of these types of distractions. When a driver's mind, hands and eyes are together not focused on driving, innocent people are at risk.
If you would like to learn more about the dangers people face on the road and how to seek compensation after an accident, please feel free to visit the distracted driving page of our Indiana personal injury website.