Distracted driving is one of the biggest causes of auto accidents. There are three types of distracted driving: manual, visual and cognitive. In other words, distracted driving happens when a driver looks away from the road or takes their hands off the wheel or thinks about anything other than driving. The reason why distracted driving is so dangerous is because drivers reduce the amount of time and control they have to avoid an auto accident.
There are many reasons for distracted driving. Here’s what you should know:
Texting and driving
Phones are designed to draw the attention of users. While this is good for people awaiting calls or texts, it can be a major distraction while driving. A phone call or text may lead a driver to take their hands off the wheel to hold their phone and look away from the road to answer notifications. Nearly every driver has a phone, which may be why texting and driving is one of the leading causes of distracted driving.
Eating and drinking
Drivers can conveniently go through fast food restaurants without ever leaving their cars. Many people eat or drink while driving. However, eating and drinking can be just as distracting as using a phone. A driver may use one hand to hold a drink or burger, for example. Spilling something can also cause a driver to look away from the road.
AC and radio
Surprisingly, using the AC or radio can lead to distracted driving. A driver may get bored of the radio station and try to change it. As a result, the driver is focusing on what’s on the radio more than what’s on the road. The same can happen if a driver suddenly realizes they are too cold or hot and tries to change the AC.
If you’re in an auto accident because a driver was distracted, it can help to learn about your legal options when seeking compensation for your medical and repair bills.