Distracted driving is a problem of epidemic proportions. Thousands die every year in accidents attributed to distracted driving. There are many ways to be distracted behind the wheel – answering a phone call, sending a text message, paying too much attention to passengers, or playing with the radio. One distraction many drivers take for granted is the need to use the restroom.Experts say, however, that needing to use the bathroom can be as dangerous of a distraction as any other. If you've been injured in a distracted driving accident, contact a personal injury attorney today.
Most people who have spent any significant time behind the wheel know what it's like to need to use the bathroom in the middle of a commute. Many people don't know, however, that the distraction of needing to use the bathroom can be dangerous for you and your fellow motorists. A researcher found that concentrating to “hold it in” can impair decision making as much as “low levels of alcohol intoxication or 24 hours of sleep deprivation.” Holding your bladder sends pain signals throughout your body, so much pain that one's “ability to hold information [is] really impaired.”
You know it's dangerous to get behind the wheel after having a few drinks, or to text message while you're on the road. But before your next commute, consider, and plan for, other possible distractions as well. Make sure your body is ready to handle the concentration demands of the road. Use the bathroom before you get behind the wheel. If you're taking a long trip, stop regularly to relieve yourself before you wind up in an “emergency” situation that takes your focus off of the road. If you know you will be in a stretch where you cannot stop, don't over hydrate and create a potential problem for yourself. In 2013, distracted drivingkilled over 3,000 Americans. Do your part to keep your focus on the road and make the world a safer place for everyone.
If you've been injured by a negligent driver, contact a serious accident lawyer to discuss your case. The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal has the dedication and the experience to effectively handle your personal injury claim. Please call 303-825-2333 to schedule your free consultation.