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What does it mean to drive while distracted?

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2019 | Personal Injury |

Any Illinois resident who has tried to multi-task may be aware that it can be next to impossible to give two objects equal and sufficient attention.

For example, when a parent chooses to work from home and provide care for their child, they may find that they struggle to focus on their child’s needs when their boss is asking them for important information.

In short, most people do best when they focus on one thing at a time, and that includes when they are behind the wheels of their cars. Driving should be a person’s only priority when they start up their vehicle. When they attempt to do other things while operating their car, they may set themselves and others up for danger. Engaging in additional tasks while driving is considered distracted driving, and in Illinois, it is the cause of many motor vehicle accidents.

One of the most common forms of distracted driving is cell phone use while driving. Whether a driver is sending a text, reading an email, or surfing the web, their attention on their cell phone takes away from their ability to safely drive their car. While cell phone use gets a lot of attention as a form of distracted driving, eating, drinking, talking, reading, and a myriad of other activities are also potential causes of distracted driving.

A distracted driver may be unable to give the road in front of them enough attention. When they fail to pay attention to driving conditions and their surroundings, drivers can cause dangerous and even deadly car crashes. Their victims can often sue for the recovery of their losses and may receive damages in order to become whole after their personal injury ordeals.