You likely come across distractions in your everyday life on a frequent basis. In many cases, these distractions do little more than cause you to divert your attention for a few moments from a task to which you should readily attend. However, if individuals become distracted while driving, a high possibility exists that a serious accident could occur.
If you were to take a Sunday drive (as was common in olden days) through a Tennessee or Kentucky valley, you'd likely notice some motorists who appear older than others. While getting your driver's license for the first time might be a milestone you remember well in life, older people often see their ability to keep driving as a special sign of independence as well. Some say once you reach a certain age, the decision to drive or give up your keys should not be left to you.
If you live in or have traveled through Tennessee, you're likely aware of its scenic roads and beautiful views. Beyond the obvious beauty, however, roadways are often cluttered with traffic and can quickly turn from uneventful and lovely to chaotic and dangerous when a distracted driver is in the vicinity.
You were driving along, minding your own business and listening to some music on the radio. Then the pick-up truck in the next lane on Middlebrook Pike veers into your lane and hits your passenger side door before swerving back into their own lane.
Distracted driving is a grave problem on American roadways, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that distracted driving behaviors claim eight lives and cause more than 1,100 injuries in the United States every day. Many people tend to associate the term "distracted driving" with texting behind the wheel, and while this is certainly a common and dangerous action that falls under the umbrella term, there are numerous other behaviors that are equally as dangerous.