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The prevalence of distracted driving

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2022 | Car Accidents

Over the past 20 years, in just about every state, distracted driving has become a major problem. Illinois has been taking a strict approach to people using their cell phones while behind the wheel. Not only have technology advancements caused the reassessment, but all other forms of distracted driving have also been reevaluated as well. And this does not even address the vehicles, such as SUV models, that also allow more passengers, which also helps contribute to confusion and distractions when traveling down the highway.

Technology and new vehicle models

Everyone wants a nice dependable vehicle to drive. It is more than a status symbol nowadays as vehicle safety and performance have become very important to those with families they want to protect. Modern vehicles often come with extended amenities that can include hands-free phones, state-of-the-art sound systems and even video displays, which all can contribute to distracted driving and cause motor vehicle accidents.

Traditional distracted driving

Just because contemporary vehicles are loaded with potential distracting characteristics does not mean that other forms of distracted driving do not still exist. One is sightseeing in cities like Chicago with its many attractions and impressive skyline. And not only is it a tourist location, but many Illinois residents also commute to and from work on a daily basis, often eating and drinking along the way. Even beverages other than alcohol can create a distraction, such as spilled hot coffee, and it only takes a moment for someone to take his or her eyes away from the road and hands away from the wheel for an accident caused by distracted driving to occur.

There is constant travel on America’s highways, and doing even seemingly minor activities while driving can be an issue at any point when traveling at high rates of speed. All drivers should be conscious of the importance of focusing anytime they are in potentially congested or high-speed traffic regardless of whether it is an urban or rural setting.