Main types of driver distractions
Sadly, most people do not realize the very real and serious risk that distracted driving poses to other motorists and the general public. In some ways, distracted driving is almost as dangerous as intoxicated driving because the driver is not concentrating on the task of driving safely, their eyes may not be on the road, and one or both of their hands may not be on the steering wheel. The failure to focus on safely operating a vehicle for even a few moments can lead to tragedy, because the driver may not notice that a child has wandered into the road, that traffic has slowed or stopped, or that another car has merged into their path.
There are three main types of distraction that affect drivers' abilities to focus on the task of driving safely: manual distraction, visual distraction and cognitive distraction.
This type of distraction occurs when the driver removes one or both hands from the steering wheel for a few moments or a longer period of time while on the road. Manual distraction commonly occurs when a driver does such things as:
- Writes a text message
- Eats or drinks
- Uses a cell phone
- Answers a phone call
- Adjusts the stereo
- Uses a map or GPS device
- Grooms, such as shaving or applying makeup
- Reaches for an item in another area of the vehicle
- Searches for an item in the console or glove box
A driver is visually distracted when they take their eyes away from the road. This form of distraction can last for a long period of time or only a few moments when a driver:
- Reads or composes a text message
- Looks at a cell phone
- Reads a GPS device or map
- Looks at something on the side of the road or in the distance
- Grooms in some way, such as applying makeup or shaving
Cognitive distractions occur when a driver's mind is partially or entirely unfocused on the task of driving safely. Despite drivers having their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, they can still be cognitively distracted if their concentration and ability to focus on driving is impaired because they are:
- Driving while emotional
- Driving while extremely stressed
- Composing a text message
- Speaking over the phone
- Conversing with passengers
If you are the victim of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries and losses. Our skilled Walnut Creek car accident attorneys are dedicated to helping victims of negligent drivers obtain fair settlements for the harm they sustained. Our detailed preparation and smart advocacy has enabled us to secure generous compensation for countless clients. It's how we work and we can fight for you as well. By enlisting the assistance of our experienced Bay Area law firm, you can find out whether you have grounds to file a claim for compensation and can obtain the proven representation you need and deserve.
Impact of driving while distracted
Conditions on the road can change dramatically in only a few seconds, which is why it is imperative that drivers concentrate while operating their vehicles. Failure to do so can leave a driver unprepared to respond to traffic suddenly stopping, a pedestrian crossing the street, an animal running across the road, or another vehicle merging into their lane. A distracted driver who causes a collision could be held liable for any injuries or damages sustained by victims.
The harm caused by car accidents can range from minor to severe, and many victims are left with extensive injuries. If you were injured by the negligence of a distracted driver, you may be able to seek compensation for your suffering, property damages, medical bills, missed wages, and long-term injuries. Our knowledgeable lawyers can assess the circumstances that led to your accident to determine whether you have grounds to hold the other driver liable through a personal injury claim for that driver's reckless and careless behavior.
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