In what has long been recognized as a common habit, drivers often feel that eating and drinking while behind the wheel is not a distraction but a simple example of multitasking. Unfortunately, any activity that takes your eyes, thoughts or hands away from the focused act of driving can be considered a distraction often leading to motor vehicle collisions.

While the state of Nevada has “hands-free” laws on the books, many locales are choosing to expand law enforcement’s authority in a continuing effort to increase road safety. The hands-free language is limited to drivers and their use of cell phones and other electronic devices behind the wheel. They cannot be used without a hands-free adapter. Other areas are broadening certain definitions and adding new language to reduce or eliminate distracted driving accidents altogether.

The city of Reno, for example, enforces inattentive driving citations. Drivers can be ticketed for actions that could be considered careless or inattentive. These actions can be any activity inside the vehicle that is keeping an individual from safely operating the vehicle. Activities such as eating and personal grooming might earn a driver extra penalties. Can Las Vegas and the whole of Nevada be far behind?

This is done in an effort to keep Nevada’s roads safe by reducing accidents. Distracted driving can lead to serious vehicle collisions which result in catastrophic injuries. Drivers and other vehicle occupants can suffer brain damage, spinal cord damage, paralysis, multiple fractures or amputation. After an accident, it is important to discuss your situation with a skilled motor vehicle collision attorney. A lawyer can guide you through the process of a personal injury claim and answer your questions from start to finish.