Driving can be a monotonous task, and it’s no wonder drivers get easily distracted. On top of that, distractions are plenty, both in and out of the car. What does this mean for your safety and that of other road users?
Over 3,000 lives were lost to distracted driving in 2020 alone, with thousands of injuries reported. To avoid being another statistic, you need to steer clear of anything that will take your attention off the road.
Distraction is more than using your cell phone
Talking or texting on your cell phone when driving is the most widespread and dangerous form of driver distraction, but it is not the only one. Other common distractions include:
- Dealing with pets or kids in the car
- Operating the radio or GPS
- Looking at road signs, accidents or other things of interest
- Eating, drinking or personal grooming when driving
- Excessively loud music that prevents you from hearing the environment around you, among others
The list of distractions is endless. Generally, anything that diverts your control or senses when driving counts as a distraction.
Holding a distracted driver accountable
No matter the steps you take to avoid distractions behind the wheel, your safety is pegged on the actions of other drivers. Remember, all motorists owe each other a duty of care on the road. Since driver distraction puts the safety of motorists at risk, it is considered negligence.
As a victim of an accident caused by a distracted driver, you need to hold the other party accountable and get compensated for your losses. Distraction can be proven using cell phone records, social media posts or other electronic trails. Witness testimony and police reports can also go a long way in supporting your claim and help you get the settlement you deserve for your damages.