Rhode Island drivers may take interest in a Liberty Mutual Research Institution for Safety study which found that a two-second glance away from the road makes it more difficult to anticipate driving hazards. Even momentary distractions, such as checking a smartphone for a call or message, may increase the risk of a car accident. During the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's recommended two-second limit for looking away from the road, a vehicle traveling at 70 miles per hour travels approximately 200 feet.
Rhode Island parents may have warned their teenagers about the dangers of texting and driving, but a new study finds there are other distracting behaviors teens engage in while behind the wheel that might need to be addressed. The study, which was led by an assistant professor at Oregon State University, found that young drivers often put on makeup, do homework and change contact lenses while driving. Surprisingly, 27 percent of teens also admitted they have changed clothes and shoes while operating a vehicle.
Many people have probably heard about the dangers of texting and driving, yet the incidence of accidents caused by people who are doing just that is increasing. Across the United States, an average of nine people die every year and 1,153 people are seriously injured in accidents caused by drivers who are distracted by cellphones, electronic devices or eating, and the numbers show no signs of decreasing.
Distracted driving can make the roads of Rhode Island less safe. Attempting to accomplish any task that diverts attention away from the road while behind the wheel may be classified as distracted driving. Talking on a cellphone, checking email or reading while driving may increase the likelihood of an accident. When distracted drivers cause dangerous accidents, a settlement in court may be possible.
Rhode Island residents know that driving while distracted can be dangerous, but they may be surprised to learn just what constitutes distracted driving. Using a cellphone to talk or text is not the only cause of distracted driving.
For Rhode Island residents, leaving home without their cellphones can be very inconvenient. However, by using a mobile device while driving, motorists might encounter troubles that are more serious. According to a recent report by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, drivers who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash as compared with drivers who are not distracted.
There seems to be so many Rhode Island drivers who are doing something other than driving their car -- such as changing a radio station, eating or even texting on their phone. Being distracted means that the driver is not paying attention to what is going on either directly in front or around him or her, which could cause a car accident. Some people think there ought to be a law prohibiting certain distractions while driving.
Rhode Island roadways can be a dangerous place for drivers. Drivers must use the utmost caution when navigating roads and could face drunk drivers, distracted drivers or speeding drivers. But the risks do not stop there, drivers also have to worry about the possibility of a state's failure to comply with safety regulations for road construction. One family is now suing Rhode Island for what they say resulted in a car accident that claimed their loved ones' lives.