Over the years, there has been a steady rise in the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers. There are now a more significant number of in-vehicle systems, including media units, built-in GPS displays, back-seat video players, and more.
With the rise of modern and advanced technology and various digital devices, this problem has reached epidemic proportions. The number of accidents caused by distracted drivers has increased phenomenally in Nevada and across the country.
Common Causes of Distracted Driving
Statistics indicate that some common types of distracted driving lead to accidents; these include:
- Making calls
- Using a smartphone to surf the internet
- Drinking and/or eating
- Reading books or maps
- Talking to passengers
- Using a GPS navigation system
- Watching videos
- Adjusting a listening device or radio
All of these activities fall under the three broader categories of manual, visual, or cognitive distractions. Some of these fall under more than one category. For example, texting while at the wheel is one of the most dangerous types of distractions. It takes the driver’s hands off the steering wheel, their mind off the task of driving and their eyes off the road. The distraction is manual, visual, and cognitive all at once, which means the danger is also 3-fold.
Existing Laws Related to Distracted Driving
Drivers using cell phones for texting/calling increase the risk of collisions three times. The state of Nevada has implemented the following laws to eliminate texting behind the wheel and other forms of distracted driving:
- Ban on texting while behind the wheel for drivers
- Ban on all types of handheld devices for drivers of various vehicles
- Ban on all cell phone usage for bus-drivers (including hands-free& handheld devices)
- Ban on all cell phone usage for all inexperienced drivers (including hands-free & handheld devices)
The Harm That Distracted Driving Causes
Many lawmakers recognize how dangerous distracted driving can be. It can result in severe and life-altering consequences, some of which include:
1. Being Involved in a Serious Accident
Distracted drivers are far more likely to be involved in accidents than those that aren’t.
A distracted driver is also more likely to be involved in a catastrophic accident. It means that they may suffersevere injuries or even be killed.
They may also become the cause of an injury or the death of passengers or other drivers.
2. Legal Implications
If a driver in Nevada is caught engaging in any form of distracted driving, they may face hefty fines. If they happen to be involved in an accident, they might also face criminal charges, especially if someone was killed or seriously injured in the crash.
3. Lost Driving Privileges
If an individual accumulates too many points on their driving record, their license could either be revoked or suspended. It means they would lose their driving privileges.
4. Higher Insurance Premiums
The insurance rates a driver pays are linked to their driving history. If they accumulate too many pointsor receive multiple traffic citations on their driving record, it can lead to higher insurance premiums.
If a distracted driver has injured you, you must report the incident to the police and seek immediate medical care. Try to gather as much information as you can, from the witnesses present at the scene. The next thing to do is to contact an experienced attorney before you start with the insurance process. They will offer sound advice and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.