A recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, or GHSA, a nonprofit group that advocates for the interests of states with respect to traffic safety, serves as an important reminder to everyone that distracted driving is not just about cell phones and texting.
The GHSA’s report listed a number of distracted driving behaviors. A good summary of the report by the media outlet Bloomberg is can be found below.
The report confirmed that technology use is both very risky and too frequent among drivers on the country’s roads.
However, it also pointed out that any daydreaming or inattentiveness could lead to a serious motor vehicle accident.
For example, even talking to another passenger can lead to a distraction, as can rubbernecking or even just looking at a billboard. Eating and drinking while driving is also potentially distracting behavior.
In addition to texting and driving, riskier distractions include trying to grab one’s drink or another object in the car or grooming, such as applying makeup or shaving.
No matter which type of distraction, drivers must avoid them
Every driver on Kentucky’s roads has an obligation to keep their hands on the wheel, their eyes on the road and their mind on driving.
The results of distracted driving are serious. According to the GHSA, in 2020, over 3,140 people died on the nation’s roads because of distracted driving. No doubt, there were many more people who were seriously injured.
If a Kentucky resident suffers an injury because of a distracted driver, they may have legal options to recover compensation from the driver. Victims can recover compensation for their medical bills and lost wages.
They may also receive compensation for things like their pain and suffering and emotional distress.