Joel Feldman Would you drive with your eyes closed?

Would you drive your car 40 mph 120 feet down the road with your eyes closed?

Most people would answer “No, of course not.”  But traveling 40 mph a car goes about 120 feet in two seconds. Take your eyes off the road to look for that CD, look for cigarettes in your pocket book, quickly scroll through your cell phone numbers even to dial a call through speed memory and that is exactly what you are doing. A dump truck driver looked away from the road when he saw a cute girl in shorts walking. He looked back at the road when he hit a car . He hit the car and continued off the road and struck a building. A 4 year old child in the car died. Engineering testimony established that he traveled more than 120 feet after he began looking at the girl and before he hit the car.

That is one of many distracted driving cases I have seen over almost thirty years of representing victims. The family that lost that 4 year old boy will never be the same, The distracted driver must live with what he has done for the rest of his life.

According to the US Dept of Transportation there are three categories of distractions:

  • Visual — taking your eyes off the road
  • Manual — taking your hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive — taking your mind off what you’re doing

Other distracting activities include:

  • Using a cell phone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a PDA or navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Changing the radio station, CD, or Mp3 player

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