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How can a North Carolina motorist be distracted while driving?

Our smartphones allow us to do many tasks at once, increasing our productivity at home and work. However, multitasking is not appropriate in every situation, no matter how expedient. Specifically, people in North Carolina should not try to multitask while driving. Doing so can lead to distracted driving, a situation that puts all motorists on the road in danger.

There are three primary ways a motorist can be distracted. First, there are visual distractions that take a driver's eyes off the road. Second, there are manual distractions that take a driver's hands off the steering wheel. Third, there are cognitive distractions that take a driver's focus off the task of driving.

Texting and driving is a particularly dangerous form of distracted driving because it involves all three types of distractions. By manually sending a text message, a driver's hands are off the wheel and on their cellphone. By reading a text message, a driver's eyes are on their cellphone, not the road. And, by thinking about the message and how to reply, a driver's attention is not on the task of driving. In fact, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when a person reads or sends a text message, it is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field with their eyes closed.

Many states, including North Carolina, have enacted laws addressing texting and driving. In North Carolina, a motorist cannot manually send a text or read a text while driving, with some exceptions. Some states have even banned hand-held cellphone use entirely while driving.

Despite this, too many people still text while driving, resulting in motor vehicle accidents that injure or kill other people. In fact, every day, approximately nine individuals die and over 1,000 suffer injuries in accidents caused by distracted driving. These victims can incur hefty medical bills, along with lost wages if they cannot work. If a victim died in the crash, their loved ones are left without the income and companionship the victim provided. For these reasons, victims of distracted driving accidents may want to learn more about pursuing compensation through a personal injury lawsuit for the damages they suffered.

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