According to NBC News, smoking cigarettes accounts for about one percent of all distracted driving auto accidents. There are many distractions that can happen while driving, outside and even inside of a car. Eating, texting, talking and now, even smoking while driving can be just as dangerous.
The National Institutes of Heath posted a report that examined the effects of smoking while driving and how it effects road safety and distraction times, when compared to cellphones. The study found that, on average, people who smoke while driving are even more distracted than people who use a cell phone.
Cigarette smokers averaged 12.0 seconds of distraction while cell phone users averaged 10.6 seconds of distraction. Smoking and driving is even more dangerous than texting and driving.
Michigan residents should know that just fumbling for a lighter and "ashing" all pose as risks that can end up distracting you from the road. When combining smoking while performing other tasks the chances of a crash increase.
There are many distractions out there on the road. If you have been injured in a car or motorcycle accident as a result of distracted driving, contact a lawyer at The Michigan Law Firm, PLLC. Our accident attorneys are experienced in handling all types of car and motorcycle crashes. Call 844.4MI.FIRM for a free consultation today.