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Distracted Driving is a Common Factor in New Hampshire Car Accidents

A distracted driver adjusts the temperature in his vehicle, using the climate control while driving.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted driving is a prevalent issue on New Hampshire roads, and it's not just limited to using cellphones and smartphones when behind the wheel. A wide variety of distractions can divert a driver's attention from the road, resulting in a serious or fatal car accident.

Apart from talking or texting on the phone, other frequent distractions include eating or drinking, adjusting the radio or climate control, looking at something inside the car, conversing with passengers, and glancing at roadside objects.

These activities may seem harmless, but even a momentary distraction can have devastating consequences. Taking one's eyes off the road for just a few seconds can cause a severe accident, so it's crucial to remain focused on driving at all times.

At Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, PA, we firmly believe everyone deserves to be safe while on the road. Unfortunately, distracted driving poses a significant threat to the safety of all road users. April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and we want to take this opportunity to increase public knowledge about the issue and help prevent future accidents.

What are the 3 types of distracted driving?

Distracted driving is a serious issue that contributes to a significant number of accidents on America's roads each year. There are three primary types of distracted driving, including:

  • Visual Distractions: A visual distraction is anything that takes a driver's eyes off the road. Examples include:
    • Looking at a map or GPS device
    • Glancing at a billboard or other roadside advertisement
    • Checking the time on a watch or phone
    • Looking at something inside the car, such as a child or pet
  • Manual Distractions: A manual distraction is anything that requires a driver to take their hands off the wheel. Examples include:
    • Eating or drinking
    • Smoking
    • Adjusting the radio or climate controls
    • Reaching for an object inside the car
  • Cognitive Distractions: A cognitive distraction is anything that takes a driver's mind off the task of driving. Examples include:
    • Daydreaming or being lost in thought
    • Talking or arguing with a passenger
    • Stress or emotions related to personal issues

While all forms of distracted driving can be dangerous, texting and driving is considered the most hazardous because it combines all three types of distractions: visual, manual, and cognitive. Texting and driving takes a driver's eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's the equivalent of driving the length of a football field—while blindfolded. It's easy to see how this can lead to accidents and underscores the importance of avoiding distractions when driving.

Hit by a distracted driver? We can fight for the compensation you deserve.

If you've been hurt in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, it's essential to understand your legal rights and potential options for compensation. Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents on the road, and it's vital to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

At Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, PA, we have the experience and knowledge to help you navigate the legal process and seek the justice you deserve. Our team is committed to fighting for our clients' rights and holding distracted drivers responsible for the harm they cause. Contact us today for a free consultation to see how an experienced New Hampshire car accident lawyer can help with your potential legal case.

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