Dangers of Distracted Drivers

September 7, 2018 | By

distracted driver

Driving Laws Oregon

Let’s face it. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of accidents on the road. I know because I have been in a full-on collision with a distracted driver before. Really, there are four things that underly distracted driving. In this article, I am going to be going over these four things as well as what are the laws in Oregon on distracted driving.

1. What is distracted driving 

One of the four things underlying distracted driving is visual. This can be either looking down at your phone or something else. In other words, it’s when you are not focused on the road.

Another one is auditory. This is when you are not hearing the cars and other things around you. You may be focused on a friend talking to you or the music playing.

The third thing is manual. This is when you are not handling the steering wheel properly. You may be handling the radio or holding your phone.

The fourth and final one is cognitive. This is when you are thinking about something other than driving and focusing on the road.

We have all performed distracted driving in the past. Our goal is to not make these things habits and to always focus on the road and the drives around us. This makes not only us but everyone around us feel safer.

2. What are the laws in Oregon 

In Oregon, the law says it is illegal to drive while holding or using an electronic device. As of 2018, the courts can waive first-time offenders after they attend and pass a Distracted Driving Avoidance course. There are a few exceptions to the law, but most of it does not involve the average drive. All in all, it is better to just shut off your device if you are going to be driving for a good amount of time.

If you are in Oregon and have dealt with a distracted driving case, contact either a Portland distracted driving attorney or a personal injury lawyer in Portland if you were harmed during the distracted driving incident. You can also contact a car accident lawyer PDX Oreg.


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