Washington readers know that distracted driving is a significant problem posing a threat to every person on the road. With the increase in phone use and distracting technologies found in many newer vehicles, it will likely continue to be an issue. Despite knowing the dangers, many drivers continue to engage in distracted driving.
Distraction comes in many forms, and it can affect a driver in various ways. It might be helpful to understand the different types of distracted driving and how it can impact a person's ability to safely operate a vehicle. A person can be unfocused and inattentive, even when he or she does not appear to be.
The causes and effects of distraction
Distraction comes from various types of behaviors and external factors that can take a driver's attention. Cell phone use is the most common source of distracted driving, but it is not the only reason something could tempt a driver to take his or her eyes off the road. The three main types of distraction include the following:
- Visual distraction happens any time a driver takes his or her eyes off the road. Even with two hands on the wheel, visual distractions can cause a driver to look somewhere else.
- Cognitive distraction happens when a driver is thinking about other things or daydreaming. A driver can appear focused while actually unaware of other things and potential hazards.
- Manual distraction happens when a driver removes his or her hand from the wheel for things such as adjusting the radio, eating or holding a phone.
Cell phones can be particularly dangerous because they can cause all three types of distraction at the same time. Regardless of the type of distraction, drivers are always liable for damages caused by inattentive, reckless or negligent actions behind the wheel.
Getting the recovery you deserve
It can be difficult to pursue a full and fair recovery after an accident, but you have the right to fight for the appropriate compensation you need for your medical bills and other accident-related losses. If you think a distracted driver is to blame for your accident, you do not have to fight back on your own.
A complete evaluation of your case can help you understand the legal options that could be available to you. If you have grounds to move forward with a civil claim, it is beneficial to take quick action and take the first steps toward building a strong personal injury claim.