Do you find yourself commuting to and from work or school on a daily basis? If so, you know the joys of sharing the road with many other drivers.
From busy city streets to fast moving highways, it can be a challenge to remain safe. While there are laws in place to minimize trouble on the roadways, sometimes it seems as though the laws are just suggestions which many drivers feel free to ignore.
Distracted driving remains a major problem throughout the country, with some drivers flouting the laws meant to curb this behavior. Rather than keep their eyes on the road, these drivers pay attention to just about anything else while they are behind the wheel.
As a commuter, there are two things you should do:
- Never take your eyes off the road.
- Keep tabs on other drivers who may not be concentrating on the task at hand.
There are three primary types of distraction that many drivers fall prey to:
- Cognitive. This is when a person’s mind is not focused on driving, but instead on something else. An example could be a person having a conversation with a passenger.
- Visual. As the name suggests, this is a distraction that takes the driver’s eyes off the road. There are many forms of visual distractions, such as GPS devices and cellphones.
- Manual distraction. This occurs when the driver takes one or both hands off the wheel for any reason. The most common manual distractions are: using a cell phone, eating, drinking, smoking and reaching for something in the vehicle.
Any form of distracted driving can cause an accident, however, you need to be particularly aware of behavior that entails more than one type of distraction. For instance, texting and driving is a cognitive, visual, and manual distraction.
No matter how hard you try, you could be involved in a distracted driving accident at some point.
If this happens, don’t focus so much on who caused the accident and why it happened. Instead, your health deserves your full attention immediately following the crash.
Once you feel up to it, an attorney can often help you investigate the details of the accident with the idea of learning more about why it happened. Investigation may uncover that the other driver was distracted. From there, you and your lawyer can decide which steps to take in order to maximize your compensation for the injuries and damage you suffered.