More than 400,000 people in California and across the United States were injured in 2018 in accidents caused by distracted drivers. Distracted driving is a widely used term that encompasses a variety of different things that could cause a driver to look away from the road. You should be aware of the different ways you could be distracted while driving.
Manual, cognitive and visual distractions
Cellphones get a bad reputation for distracting drivers, but they aren’t the only culprit. Manual, cognitive and visual distractions can all play a part in motor vehicle accidents in different ways:
- Manual distractions cause the driver to remove their hands from the wheel while drinking soda, smoking, picking up a dropped item or eating.
- Cognitive distractions take away a driver’s mental attention by focusing on a problem at work or having a conversation with a passenger.
- Visual distractions cause a driver to look away from the road by glancing at a billboard, looking at a map on GPS or reading a text.
Staying focused while driving
As a driver, you have the responsibility to prevent yourself from being distracted cognitively, visually or manually in order to avoid car accidents. Some ideas to prevent distraction include:
- Putting a cellphone in airplane mode
- Arranging GPS directions before heading out on the road
- Eating and drinking before entering the vehicle
- Getting plenty of sleep and reducing anxiety before driving
Getting help after an injury in a car accident
Injuries after a motor vehicle accident can cause medical bills to stack up quickly and lead to lost wages from time off of work during recovery. If your injury was caused by a distracted driver in a car accident, you may be able to receive compensation to help with these bills.