Distracted drivers put themselves and everyone around them in grave danger. This isn't something that should ever be considered normal or acceptable. As time progresses and new technology becomes available, the possible distractions increase. Unfortunately, drivers sometimes don't take the precautions necessary to ensure that they aren't being distracted.
When a driver is distracted, they can miss vital information that could help them to remain safe. Even if they see things that they need to react to, they might not be able to handle the reaction in an appropriate manner. This can cause significant issues while they travel.
What are the types of distractions?
There are three primary types of distractions that affect drivers. These include ones that take their mind off of driving, which are known as cognitive distractions. Another form is a distraction that takes their eyes off the road, which is known as a visual distraction. The third is one that makes them take their hands off the wheel, which is a manual distraction. Many circumstances put more than one of these types together to form a very serious situation.
Why is distracted driving so dangerous?
Distracted driving is dangerous because anytime the driver isn't fully focused on the road, they can't drive safely. Even if the distraction is only a few seconds, catastrophe can occur. A driver who is traveling at 55 miles per hour can go the length of a professional football field in only five seconds. That is a lot of distance in which serious crashes can occur.
Victims of distracted driving crashes may have injuries that last a lifetime. They might opt to seek compensation from the distracted driver. This is done in a civil claim and is subject to filing time limits.