It's not just talking and texting on the cell phone that leads to distracted driving. If your cognitive attention is focused elsewhere - on work, kids, trouble at home, or even simple errands like items you need from the grocery store - you are a distracted driver.
As a distracted driver, your focus on driving and those driving in the cars around you suffer. If you are distracted while driving - for any reason - you are less likely to scan the roads and focus on other cars on the roadway with you, as you should. This applies to all motorists, regardless of age and driving experience. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have actually studied the effects of cognitive demands on driving ability. Safe drivers have been found to routinely scan the road in front of and around them; however, those whom are distracted tend to forget about repeat scanning. In other words, if you are preoccupied with things other than driving, you cannot pay full time and attention to driving and operating your vehicle in a safe manner.
Carmakers and federal road-safety officials met on Capitol Hill in mid-March 2012 as part of The Department of Transportation's initiative to reduce driving distractions and issue guidelines for in-car technology. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has been spearheading the effort in a steady push to make the roads less hazardous and bring down the number of car accidents nationwide as our individual technology progressively increases. Therefore, guidelines have been proposed that would require auto manufacturers to make sure that in-car technology will be disabled to a certain extent while vehicles are in use in an attempt to reduce driver distraction. Carmakers agree that these steps are imperative and need to take place; however, they also urge
lawmakers to include cellphone and GPS device makers in on the conversation.
When you are behind the wheel of a car it's important to concentrate on driving and on nothing else. Distracted drivers are dangerous drivers and, often, are the cause of accidents. When drivers are distracted they may miss another driver's lane change, brake lights on the car in front of them or even move to an exit lane too late thereby causing an accident. If you've been injured in a car accident and believe the other driver was at fault and was negligent because they were driving while distracted, a personal injury attorney can help to evaluate your case and advise you on the issues and legal recourse available to you in a personal injury claim.