It only takes a split second for a driver to cause a life-altering car accident by taking his or her eyes off the road. In Tennessee, distracted driving is against the law.
There are three main types of distracted driving. These are cognitive, visual and manual distraction.
- Cognitive distraction happens when the driver’s mind is not focused. This can happen when the driver is talking to other passengers or listening to loud music.
- Visual distraction happens when the driver isn’t looking at the road. He or she may be focused on a mobile device or looking for an item in the car.
- Manual distraction happens when the driver takes his or her hands off of the wheel. This can include holding a mobile device or eating.
In Tennessee, it is illegal for a driver to hold a cell phone or mobile device, to read, write or send a text, or watch, record or broadcast a video while driving. Texting and driving can include all three types of distraction, which makes it especially dangerous.
It may be helpful to put the phone in the glove box or a console where it can’t be used and to pull over if the driver needs to immediately answer a text.
Distracted driving injuries
Distracted driving accidents can cause serious injuries like broken bones, brain and spinal injuries and sometimes even death. It’s important that if a driver is injured, that he or she receives prompt medical care.
The injured person can incur significant medical expenses in addition to emotional distress. An attorney can review the circumstances of the accident and help car accident victims file a claim if appropriate.