Every person who operates a vehicle bears the responsibility of making sure that he or she makes smart and responsible choices behind the wheel. This means reducing distractions and making sure not to needlessly endanger others on the road. All Tennessee drivers should understand the serious nature of distracted driving and how it can significantly increase the chance of accidents.
People often underestimate the how dangerous it is to drive any distance without complete focus. Even a second of distraction can have devastating consequences. There are different types of distraction, but they are all unsafe. It may come as a surprise to you to learn that a driver with two hands on the wheel and eyes on the road can still be dangerously distracted.
What makes distraction so dangerous?
Distracted driving includes anything that causes a person to lose focus while operating a vehicle. Studies find that people who are distracted while driving are as impaired as a person attempting to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Distraction comes in many forms, but cell phones are the main culprit. This is because it involves all three types of distraction, which are as follows:
- Cognitive distraction – This happens when a driver’s mind is unfocused. Daydreaming, talking to a passenger or even listening to a song can be distracting, even with two hands on the wheel.
- Manual distraction – This happens when a driver removes one or both hands from the wheel. This may be to text, adjust the radio, put on makeup or even take a sip of coffee.
- Visual distraction – This happens when a driver takes his or her eyes off the road, even for a moment. This occurs when looking at a phone, a billboard while driving by or even changing the radio station.
The majority of drivers recognize that distraction is dangerous, but many people continue to engage in this behavior.
If you are the victim of an accident caused by a distracted driver, you have options. One thing you may consider is moving forward with a personal injury claim, through which, you may be able to secure compensation for your losses and other damages. This is a valid way you can hold a person accountable for the negligent or reckless choice that caused you or your loved one harm. If you are unsure of where to begin, you might want to first seek a complete assessment of your case.