Distracted driving can easily cause wrecks that result in injuries or death. Any accident that’s caused by a driver who was distracted is one that could have been prevented, but some drivers think that they can multitask. That assumption is what makes distracted driving such a big problem.
A distraction is anything that takes a driver’s attention away from driving. These are divided into three types, and it’s possible for an action to encompass one or more of these.
- A cognitive distraction takes a driver’s mind away from operating the vehicle.
- A visual distraction takes the driver’s eyes off the road.
- A manual distraction requires the driver to remove one or both hands from the steering wheel.
While distracted driving is possible for a person of any age, it is most common in teens and young adults. The highest proportion of drivers who are involved in fatal distracted driving crashes is those who are under 20 years old.
One thing that many drivers don’t realize is that even a seemingly short distraction can be fatal. At a typical highway speed of 55 miles per hour, a vehicle will go the distance of a football field in approximately five seconds. Coincidentally, that’s also the amount of time it takes to read a text message or respond to one.
Anyone who is struck by a driver who may have been distracted should ensure they contact the police to have a report made. Any injuries should be addressed by a medical professional. Ultimately, the victims of these crashes may choose to seek compensation for the financial damages they’re dealing with because of the wreck.