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Typical types of distracted driving

Most Connecticut residents have seen examples of distracted driving. Statistics indicate that 10 percent of all drivers under the age of 20 who are involved in fatal car crashes were distracted at the time of the crash. However, there are many different kinds of distracted driving. So here is a brief list of typical examples of this behavior.

By far, talking on one's cell phone and texting is one of the most hazardous forms of distracted driving. Texting is extremely dangerous because, according to statistics, the average driver takes his or her eyes off the road for an average of five seconds while texting. This can lead to a dangerous car collision since the distracted driver is not paying attention to the road.

Eating and drinking while driving is another type of distracted behavior that many motorists don't consider distracting. However, eating and drinking requires the driver to constantly keep one hand off the steering wheel while they are reaching for their food or drink. Also, the act of reaching for their food can cause them to glance away from the road ahead. This means that their vehicle is not completely under their control which can lead to a crash and getting seriously injured.

Grooming oneself is another common form of distracted driving. This type of behavior can include combing one's hair, putting on makeup or putting on articles of clothing. All of these actions make it impossible for a driver to concentrate on the act of driving.

Other types of distracted driving include using a navigation system and adjusting a radio or CD player. However, any Connecticut resident who has been involved in an accident because of the actions of a distracted driver may want to speak with a personal injury attorney in order to acquire a better understanding of the legal avenues available to them.

Source: distraction.gov, "What is distracted driving?," Accessed Oct. 11, 2015

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