As the driver of a passenger vehicle, you’re probably well aware of the dangers of distracted driving.
From texting to talking with passengers, you know that anything that takes your attention away from the road increases the likelihood of causing a crash.
With this in mind, you do whatever it takes to focus on the task at hand, knowing that you don’t want to be part of a crash.
In order to stay as safe as possible, you should become familiar with the three types of distracted driving:
- Visual distraction. This is exactly what it sounds like: It occurs when you take your eyes off the road, such as to adjust the radio or see what your child is doing in the backseat. When driving, your eyes should always be on the road and the vehicles around yours.
- Cognitive distraction. This comes about when you are not concentrating on driving, but instead thinking about something else. An example of this would be daydreaming about an upcoming and overdue vacation, when you should really be focused on the road ahead.
- Manual distraction. It’s imperative to keep both hands on the wheel at all times. A manual distraction is when you remove one or both hands for any reason, such as texting or grabbing for something that has slipped under your seat.
If you catch yourself falling prey to any of these forms of distracted driving you should immediately stop what you are doing. If you continue to partake in this activity, you know that your safety is at risk.
As you’re doing your best to remain safe, you hope that other drivers are as well.
If a person around you becomes distracted, he or she could cause a crash that involves your vehicle. In this case, you should move to safety and call 911 for help.
Once you receive treatment, it’s time to learn more about the cause of the crash and your legal rights for holding the negligent party responsible for his or her actions.