Driving the same route, with the same scenery, day after day can become monotonous. It is easy to see why so many drivers get distracted. Also, there are more than a few distractions inside and outside a vehicle, making it even easier to take your mind and eyes off the road.
Unfortunately, distracted driving is extremely dangerous. In 2020, cases of distracted driving led to more than 3,000 fatalities and thousands more injuries. Knowing some of the most common distractions can help you stay alert and avoid becoming part of this growing statistic.
Distractions go beyond cell phone use
Texting or talking on your phone while driving is the most common and dangerous cause of distracted driving. While this is true, it is not the only one.
Other types of distractions include the following:
- Playing music so loudly you cannot hear surrounding sounds
- Dealing with children or pets in the vehicle
- Grooming, eating or drinking while driving
- Operating the GPS or radio
- Looking at accidents, signs and other “interesting” things
The list of potential distractions is endless. Anything that impacts your focus on driving is considered a distraction.
Ensuring distracted drivers are held accountable for their actions
Regardless of what steps you take to avoid being distracted while driving, you cannot control others on the road. All motorists owe each other a duty of care, and if you are in an accident with a distracted driver, it may be possible to recover compensation for your injuries and losses.
If you are the victim of an accident caused by a distracted driver, you must take steps to hold the other party accountable. It is possible to prove distraction by accessing the accused driver’s social media, phone records and other electronic trails. Police reports and witness testimony can also support your claim and help you recover the settlement you are entitled to.