The Dangers of Distracted Driving
While the public campaign against texting and driving has been raging over the past few years, many people forget that there are many different types of distracted driving. While driving a car, complete focus is required to avoid potential danger. Distracted driving refers to any situation that takes a person’s focus off of the road. There are several different types of distracted driving:
Manual distractions refer to any task that requires someone to take one or both hands off of the steering wheel. It is very common for drivers to do other tasks while driving, such as eating or drinking, applying makeup, searching for something in the car or in a wallet, adjusting the GPS, and of course, texting. These are just common examples; there are numerous things that could constitute manual distractions while driving. Any of these tasks can be dangerous while operating a vehicle, because driving can require split-second reactions to avoid an accident. If someone hits you while manually distracted, you may be entitled to compensation.
Visual distractions refer to anything the driver may be looking at besides the road ahead of them. This type of distraction happens all the time. Maybe a driver gets distracted by a billboard, the scenery of the area, an accident or commotion, or even the speed limit sign. While we are accustomed to quickly glancing at things while driving, some of these visuals cause more distraction than others. It is very important to keep your eyes on the road whenever possible. If you have been in an accident because someone else was visually distracted, you deserve reimbursement for the damage and suffering you endured.
Cognitive distractions refer to mental conditions that may make driving more difficult. For example, if an individual is particularly stressed, he or she may not be able to focus on driving. The most common example of cognitive distraction is sleepiness; however, interactions with other people in the car, preoccupation with personal stressors, and even listening to the radio can be cognitive distractions. Drivers must be alert at all times – cognitive distractions endanger others on the road. If you have endured a collision because of someone else’s distraction, call a Jonesboro attorney today.
Distractions happen every day, but it is the responsibility of each and every driver to stay focused at all times while driving. If an accident occurs as the result of distraction, this accounts to negligence. If you or your loved one has suffered damages, anguish, or suffering because of another driver’s negligence, do not wait: call Wells & Wells, PLLC today at (870)-819-3349. Wells & Wells has experienced and successful attorneys to help you get the compensation you deserve.