While most people already know that texting and talking on the phone while
driving are dangerous practices, many individuals fail to notice that
using navigational apps while driving is dangerous as well. With navigational
apps such as Google Maps, Waze, and others, many people rely on their
cell phones to help them commute from point-A to point-B. Of course, this
increases the risks of accidents caused by distracted driving.
Using navigation apps is dangerous for several reasons.
In general, the problem of this practice is that these apps cause drivers
to become distracted in all three areas of distracted driving classifications.
Below is a list of these classifications followed by explanations.
A person may be physically distracted when using a navigation app because
he/she may have one hand off of the steering wheel in order to hold his/her
cell phone when referring to the map or list of directions. This poses
potential risks because a person will be unable to make the proper driving
maneuvers if both hands are not on the wheel.
A person can become visually distracted when using navigation apps because
he/she may be looking at the phone’s screen to read any maps or
directions. Of course, this is dangerous because the person does not have
his/her eyes on the road at all times, much like texting while driving.
A driver can become cognitively distracted whether they have both hands
on the wheel or not. Most navigation apps have a read-aloud feature that
will let the driver know the appropriate directions to take without the
driver ever having to take his/her hands of the wheel. However, this can
be dangerous because a person can become distracted by listening for directions,
not allowing for them to focus on the actual road or traffic conditions.
We Can Defend You Against a Distracted Driver Who Caused You Harm
The distracted driving accident lawyers at Shook & Stone are committed
to helping those who have been wrongly injury due to the negligence of
other persons. If you have been harmed by a distracted driver, it is important
to seek top-tier representation right away. You and your family may be
compensated for any medical expenses, emotional distresses, or lost wages
that you may endure as a result of your accident.
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