When behind the wheel, you know that your primary concern is to arrive safely at your destination. Your job is to be attentive, follow the rules of the road and avoid behaviors that could increase the chance of an accident. As you share the road with other Colorado drivers, you know that others may not be as cautious and careful as you. You may notice that others often engage in unnecessarily dangerous behaviors while they are driving, putting you and others at risk.
One of the most common types of risky behaviors seen on the road is distracted driving. Distraction is one of the leading causes of accidents, and due to the popularity of smart phones, in-car technology and more, it is a problem that is likely to persist. There are different types of distraction, and they can all impact drivers in different ways. Drivers should be able to recognize the things that may take their attention away from the task at hand.
Three main types of distracted driving
Phones are the main source of distracted driving, but other distractions may include eating, drinking, talking with a passenger, reading a billboard, GPS systems and much more. It is possible for a driver to deal with dangerous distractions, even with two hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. The main types of distracted driving include:
- Cognitive distraction: This happens when a driver’s mind is not on the task at hand, perhaps because of talking to a passenger in the car, daydreaming or listening to the radio.
- Physical distraction: This is when a driver removes one or both hands from the wheel for any reason, such as adjusting the radio, typing a text or even eating.
- Visual distraction: This happens when a driver moves his or her eyes off the road, whether it is to read a roadside sign, check social media or reach for a coffee.
Distraction can happen in many different ways and for many different reasons. Each driver is responsible for the decisions made behind the wheel that result in harm to others.
What can victims of distracted driving do?
Victims of distracted driving may have grounds to seek compensation through a civil claim. The civil justice system offers you the opportunity to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions that left you with injuries, expensive medical bills and damage to your personal property. An assessment of your situation can help you identify the best course of action after a distracted driving accident.