When a person gets the behind the wheel of a vehicle, they have the responsibility to practice safe driving habits in order to prevent injury to other motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Unfortunately, when drivers act negligently, nearby individuals often suffer serious if not fatal injuries. Of course, negligence can occur in a variety of ways, including drunk driving, reckless driving, and even distracted driving. In fact, according to Distractions.Gov, in 2014, 3,179 individuals suffered fatal injuries in car accidents involving distracted drivers.
While many associate distracted driving with texting or talking on the phone while driving, distracted driving can actually occur in various forms, all of which can be categorized under one, two, or all three forms of distracted driving:
1.Physical Distraction: This form of distraction occurs when a motorist removes one or both hands from the steering wheel in order to participate in an action that is not associated with driving. For example, a person brushing their hair while driving, reaching for a belonging from the backseat, or texting from their cell phone can be considered physically distracted.
2.Visual Distraction: This form of distraction occurs when a motorist removes his or her eyes from the road in order to participate in an act that is not related to driving. For example, a person who is sightseeing through the city while driving can be considered visually distracted.
3.Cognitive Distraction: This form of distraction occurs when a motorist removes his or her thought process and focus from the road and nearby drivers. A person who is thinking about what to purchase at the grocery store, instead of focusing on the road ahead of them, can be considered cognitively distracted.
All forms of distracted driving are dangerous, and drivers should do their best to remain physically, visually, and cognitively focused on the road in order to avoid causing serious and fatal accidents. If a driver participates in any form of distracted driving and causes another individual to suffer injuries as a result, the distracted driver can be held legally responsible for the victim’s damages.
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