Distracted driving has been growing as a cause of accidents on the highways of Washington and the rest of the United States. Recent reports indicate that approximately nine people die as a result of distracted drivers every day. Over 1,153 people suffer injuries in the same time period.
Distractions to the focus of the driver generally come in three categories. Manual distractions occur when the driver takes their hands off the wheel. Visual distractions come when the driver looks away from the road. Cognitive distractions happen when the driver is thinking about something else besides driving, such a text message or a cellphone conversation. All three types of distraction have the potential to raise the odds of an accident by a substantial amount. Texting or talking on the phone has the capability to cause all three types of distraction at once.