What distractions are dangerous for drivers?

The average text message takes approximately five seconds in which to read or reply. Within that time, a vehicle that’s moving at 55 mph will go the full length of a regulation football field. That’s a considerable distance for a driver to not have their full attention on the road. It’s quite possible that they could be involved in a crash during that time.

Not all distractions are created equally, but they should all be avoided. Even some activities, such as eating or drinking while driving, are distractions that should be avoided. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are three main types of distractions of which drivers should be aware:

  • Cognitive distractions – These take your thoughts away from driving
  • Visual distractions – Anything that requires you to take your eyes off the road
  • Manual distractions – Things you do that require you to take your hands off the steering wheel

Some activities will only lead to one of those three types, but many will encompass two or three of them. Because of the severity of the consequences of driving while distracted, all drivers should avoid distractions while the vehicle is in motion.

There are approximately 1,000 individuals who are injured and nine who die at the hands of a distracted driver each day in this country. This is far too common of a problem, and it is one that could be prevented if drivers stopped trying to multitask while they drive. The victims of these senseless events might choose to seek compensation for the financial damages they’re facing because of these negligent drivers. Working closely with an attorney familiar with these matters is usually beneficial.