Texting and driving often gets pegged as the “worst” type of distracted driving, and for good reason.
It involves all four kinds of distraction behind the wheel, which makes it impossible to continue operating the vehicle safely. Here’s what you need to be aware of about the types of distracted driving and when to reach out for legal help.
Things You See
Visual distractions are things you see inside or outside your vehicle that require you to take your eyes off the road. Examples of these types of distractions are storefront advertisements, children playing in a yard nearby, or turning to look at a passenger in the front or rear seats. If you look just a few seconds too long, you could miss a critical change in traffic and end up getting into an accident.
Things You Hear
What you hear inside and outside your car can also be a distraction. While music at a reasonable volume typically doesn’t impair driving, very loud music might. The sound of passengers talking, a baby crying, or sounds outside your vehicle like construction or another driver’s music, can all serve as a distraction that makes driving less safe.
Things You Touch
What you can touch or physically engage with inside your car might be a distraction, although often nothing to be concerned about. For example, rolling down your window or changing the radio volume is unlikely to result in a collision. However, some manual distractions are more likely to cause an accident and should be avoided, such as texting and driving, applying makeup, and eating.
Things You Think About
You can cause yourself to become distracted while driving just by thinking about something other than the road in front of you or the traffic around you. Daydreaming may only last a couple of seconds, but that’s all that’s needed to cause a crash. Keep your attention where it needs to be by narrating the scenery or other cars on the road either out loud or to yourself.
If You Were Hurt in a Distracted Driving Collision, Reach Out Today
Motor vehicle collisions caused by distracted driving are unfortunately more common than they should be given the widespread educational initiatives to warn against the dangers of driving while distracted. Drivers are aware that they should be maintaining concentration on the road ahead and when they neglect to eliminate distractions in the vehicle, they should be held accountable for injuries and damages that occur as a result. If you or a family member were injured in a distracted driving crash, don’t wait to get legal assistance. Call injury lawyer Carl Brown today at (559) 431-4400.