Distracted driving occurs in many different ways. In this write-up, we will examine some of the dangers associated with reading while operating a vehicle. There are multiple reasons why a driver may read, whether they are deeply involved in a book and think that they can get away with reading while they are driving down a long road or they browse through a magazine, read over a work document or divert their attention to look at some other text. Furthermore, many people read maps and GPS devices, not to mention various types of information on their phones (from websites to text messages).
Not only does reading interfere with a driver’s ability to keep their eyes on the road, but it can interfere with their mental focus as well. A driver may have a very hard time thinking about what is in front of them on the road and abiding by traffic safety laws (such as staying under the speed limit) when they are distracted. Furthermore, they may fail to notice other vehicles or hazards on the road because they are distracted due to reading. Even though it should be common sense, many drivers do not respect their driving responsibilities and endanger lives by reading while they are controlling a vehicle.
If you were hit by a distracted driver, you should not waste any time when it comes to standing up for your legal rights and taking action. Sadly, there are far too many distracted drivers on roadways across the U.S. who continue to threaten the safety of everyone else they encounter while driving.