Distractions: Phones, food, grooming and other issues
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Distractions: Phones, food, grooming and other issues

| Feb 4, 2021 | Motor vehicle accidents

Distracted driving is a danger to yourself as well as others who may be on or around the roads while you’re driving. Since that’s the case, you and others like you have always taken driving seriously and put away your phone behind the wheel. Distractions are still a serious hazard through, and many people are injured or lose their lives as a result.

Kentucky has a law that bans texting while driving. Those over the age of 18, however, are legally allowed to use GPS devices and to make the movements needed for selecting, reading or entering a phone number or name to place a call.

Who can use a cellphone while driving in Kentucky?

Those who are under 18 are most restricted in the state. They are not able to use personal communication devices while the vehicle is in motion in any way, shape or form. They are allowed to use a GPS system, but the information for the GPS has to be entered when the vehicle is at rest.

Those over 18 have more freedom, but they still are not legally allowed to text behind the wheel when the vehicle is in motion.

That being said, Kentucky does allow some people to use cellphones while they’re driving, so seeing someone on their phone alone isn’t enough to suggest that they broke a law. However, if that person does hit you because they were distracted by the call, then you should discuss your options with your attorney. Someone who isn’t paying attention to the road is being reckless, and they should be held accountable.

Are there other distractions that could lead to a crash?

Yes, there are. Other common distractions include:

  • Eating and drinking while driving
  • Grooming
  • Using controls to change music stations/turn on music
  • Listening to or talking with passengers
  • Pets that are not restrained
  • Reaching for an object
  • Using electronic devices
  • Reading or writing
  • Smoking

To keep yourself safe, it’s best not to do anything that is distracting behind the wheel. You can’t control what other people do, but if you’re paying attention, you may be able to help prevent a crash by evading another person who makes a mistake. If you are hit because of a driver’s distractions, then you may be able to seek compensation afterward.