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Why does distracted driving lead to car accidents?

Multi-tasking may be good in the workplace, but it can be dangerous behind the wheel of a car. However, this does not stop people in Connecticut from texting and driving, eating while driving or having conversations while driving. These distractions can be dangerous, as they can lead to serious car accidents. There are three primary types of distractions.

One way a motorist can be distracted is if they take their eyes off the road. Another way a motorist can be distracted is if they take their hands off the steering wheel of their vehicle. Finally, a motorist can be distracted if they are thinking of something other than the task of driving.

It is entirely possible for a person to engage in one, two or even all three of these types of distractions at once. For example, if a motorist is texting and driving, their eyes are on their phone, rather than the road, they are using their hands to manipulate the phone, rather than keeping their hands on the steering wheel, and their mind is focused on the text message, rather than the task of driving.

Distracted driving is a serious public safety issue. Motorists are under a duty of care to operate their vehicle in a manner that is reasonable under the circumstances. If they fail to uphold this duty and cause a car crash that injures or kills another person, the victim of the collision or their loved ones may pursue a lawsuit. No text message, cellphone call or other outside distraction is worth risking one's life and the lives of all others on the road.

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