We have heard a lot lately of laws being passed to prevent people from talking on their cell phones or texting while they are driving. But the problem of distracted drivers go much further than that. People who are eating while driving, putting on make-up while they’re driving, or otherwise engaging in acts that takes away their attention from driving are all posing a danger to other motorists.
Studies show that texting while driving – impairs the drivers ability moreso that if you were intoxicated.
Cars are dangerous weapons weighing several thousand pounds, and it is up to the driver to keep the car under control and protect others from being injured due to negligent operation of the vehicle. Spending time on a cell phone, whether hands-free or not, eating, putting on make-up, or doing another task that takes away your full attention from driving can have disastrous results. Not only may you run into another car, you might run over an innocent pedestrian you did not see crossing the street.
The bottom line is that driving a several-thousand-pound vehicle requires all ofyour attention, and you will be civilly liable – and sometimes criminally responsible – for injuries you cause while attending to things other than driving.