Distractions behind the wheel are not only a serious problem for other drivers, but also one of the leading causes of car accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Along with speeding and intoxicated driving, distracted driving is one of the “big three” causes of car accident injuries that make up the vast majority of claims. To make matters worse, new technology, advertising techniques, and other attention-grabbing factors have only continued to make staying focused more difficult. As a result, todays drivers are more distracted than perhaps they have ever been before.
There are different types of distracted driving, and knowing about them can help you avoid them, which can help you drive safer and even avoid other drivers who may become distracted.
A cognitive distraction is anything that can take your mind off of the task at hand (operating your vehicle safely), and instead focus it elsewhere. You may have both hands on the wheel and appear to be driving safely, but a cognitive distraction has your mental focus on something else. This can include something like talking to another passenger, listening to a news report on the radio, or mulling over a work issue you’re dealing with. Drowsy driving is also considered a cognitive distraction, since your fatigue also pulls your attention away from the road.
A visual distraction is one which actually catches your eyes and moves them away from the road ahead. That person in a giant chicken suit twirling a sign that’s trying to direct you to a used car lot? That’s a visual distraction, and it certainly is distracting. Other visual distractions can include checking your in-car GPS, watching a DVD or other entertainment system, staring at a roadside billboard, or even reading the bumper sticker on another car. It’s extremely easy to have one of these distractions pull your attention just for a split second, which is long enough to potentially result in a serious injury.
A manual distraction is any activity which causes you to take one or both hands off the wheel to perform it. One of the most common manual distractions that nearly all drivers partake in is eating or drinking in the car, which seems simple enough. Not to mention with our busy schedules, drive time may be the only time you have to eat breakfast on the way to work in the morning. However, changing the radio station, adjusting your GPS, or sending a text message all are manual distractions. These also tend to pull both your focus and your vision away from the task of driving, making them perhaps the most devastating and dangerous type of distraction of them all.
Have you been involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver? You may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries and losses. At Politis & Matovina, P.A., our team of skilled attorneys is dedicated to your success and will work diligently with you through every step of your case. We are proud of our reputation of excellent client service and aggressive representation, and our dedication to the well-being of those who entrust their legal issues to us have made us one of the longest-standing firms in the area. Our Palm Beach car accident attorneys have nearly a century of combined experience, making us one of the go-to choices to get your injury claim resolved effectively.
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