Most types of distracted driving only consist of one or two of these categories. For example, looking at your GPS would be a visual distraction. Fuming about a rude thing someone said to you is a cognitive distraction. Changing the radio station usually involves both manual (reaching over to adjust the knob) and visual (glancing at the console) distractions.
Texting and driving is such a dangerous combination because it involves all three types of distractions.
To send a text, you have to look down at your phone for an extended period (visual), read the previous text and/or think about what you want to say in return (cognitive), and type your response (manual). Even doing this for a few seconds can amount to covering an entire football field of road (100 yards) totally blind.
The next time you consider sending a text while driving, remind yourself it can wait. If you’re on a long drive or the text is urgent, simply find a safe place to pull over and send your text once your car is in park. Even an important message isn’t worth dying over.
If you have been in a car or other motor vehicle crash caused by a driver who was texting, contact us today. Our Port Charlotte car accident attorneys are available to take cases throughout Florida.