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Distracted driver crashes into Rochester Hills house

There are plenty of news stories about the dangers of texting and driving or talking on a handheld phone and driving, but not every instance of distracted driving involves an electronic device.
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    August 22, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Distracted driver crashes into Rochester Hills house

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There are plenty of news stories about the dangerous consequences of texting and driving or talking on a handheld phone and driving, but not every instance of distracted driving involves an electronic device. Distracted driving is defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation as any activity that may divert a driver's attention from the primary task of operating a motor vehicle. An action that a motorist may think of as second nature in the car, like changing the radio station or looking at a GPS display, can cause the driver to take his or her eyes off the road for long enough to be involved in a serious car accident.

Spilled drink leads to property-damaging crash

A recent accident in Rochester Hills demonstrates the problems that can arise from looking away from the road for just a few seconds. On the evening of August 1, a Sterling Heights woman was driving through a residential neighborhood when she dropped an energy drink in her car. As she reached down to pick up the drink, the woman lost control of her vehicle. According to The Detroit News, the car traveled 100 yards after it left the road before it crashed into the garage of a nearby house. The accident caused damage to the garage, as well as two vehicles housed therein. Fortunately, the woman was not hurt, and no one in the house was present in the garage when the collision occurred. A passenger in the woman's car received treatment for minor injuries at Crittenton Hospital. The woman received a citation for careless driving.

Distracted driving facts

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that driver inattention is a leading factor in most crashes on American roads. Since driving is a visual task, any activity causing a motorist to look away from the road can affect his or her attention. However, sight is not the only component of driver attentiveness. Three types of distraction that can affect a motorist's focus on the road:
-Visual, or taking one's eyes off the road
-Manual, or taking one's hands off the wheel
-Cognitive, or taking one's mind off the task he or she is performing

Paying attention while driving can save lives. In 2011, over 3,300 people were killed in the U.S. in crashes involving a distracted driver, while over 387,000 were injured.

If you have been involved in an accident and you believe the other driver's negligence caused the accident, you may wish to contact a local personal injury attorney to discuss your rights under the law. An experienced attorney can discuss the steps you should take to recover compensation for injuries, property damage and pain and suffering.

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