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A driver is considered distracted when they perform other tasks while driving that take their attention off the road. This includes using a GPS device, which is ironic because they are made to be used while driving. Every day in the United States, it is reported that about eight people are killed in automobile accidents involving a distracted driver.
Most people assume that texting while driving is the number one distracted driving behavior, but according to a 2017 study by the University of Utah, this is not the case. Research showed that programming navigation was the most distracting activity for drivers.
While a GPS is intended to be used in a car, using one while driving can be a dangerous distraction. If your vehicle has speech recognition technology, using voice commands to operate a GPS can reduce the risk but doesn’t eliminate it. A study by AAA found that both voice-based and touch-screen technology resulted in drivers taking their hands, eyes, and mind off the road for more than 24 seconds.
There are many dangerous distracted driving behaviors you may be engaging in without realizing it. Some examples include:
You will likely need to use a GPS device at some point to get to your destination. Here are some tips to help you reach your destination safely:
If you or a loved one were injured in a distracted driving accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault driver. At Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, we focus our legal practice on helping individuals get the compensation they deserve. Our experienced car crash attorneys are here to fight for your rights when you are injured in a distracted driving accident. Call today for an initial consultation.
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