The Use of Electronic Devices While Driving is Dangerous

Did you know that using a cell phone while driving reduces driving-related brain activity by 37 percent? Probably not. Is this something you would do regularly or at all if you knew this fact? Probably not.

Distracted driving caused by the use of electronic devices while driving is becoming a growing problem as these devices proliferate, especially among younger drivers. Teenage drivers may well be the video -game generation. They are not only accustomed to the multi-tasking required by many action video games, they seek it out. Is it a wonder that they also are less concerned about cell phone use while driving? They have to learn the importance of doing one thing at a time and concentrating on the road.

There are three main types of distracted driving:

• Visual - taking your eyes off the road
• Manual - taking your hands off the wheel
• Cognitive - taking your mind off the task of driving

"Distracted driving" means driving while performing any task that potentially distracts from the primary task of driving itself.

Texting may well be the worst of all distractions because it involves all three types of distractions. But all of use of electronic devices should be avoided. These include:

• Using a cell phone
• Using a PDA or GPS device
• Watching a video
• Using an MP3 player

Do you really want to take a chance by using one of these devices while driving, when nearly 6000 people die each year due to distracted driving? Drivers using hand-held devices are four times more likely to be injured in a crash. Do you want to be one of these statistics?

The Ormond Beach law firm of Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. understands the serious nature of automobile accidents and the injuries they can cause. Our firm will investigate the causes of any accident and pursue appropriate legal action.

Call a Florida car accident attorney today at 800-556-8890 for a free and confidential consultation if you have been involved in a car accident.