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No driver should ever give in to distractions

Drivers must be able to give their full attention to duties behind the wheel. There is no room for anything to take a driver's focus off of the road. When a motor vehicle operator is distracted, serious accidents can occur. These can cause catastrophic injuries or even deaths.

Distractions come in many forms, so anyone who is going to drive should ensure that they don't allow these to claim their attention. If there is an accident on the road, looking into these factors might help a victim to launch a claim for compensation.

Dangers of distractions

Distractions endanger everyone. Even short distractions can be devastating. Taking five seconds to check a text or change the temperature in the vehicle means that a vehicle can travel more than the length of a football field if it is traveling at 55 miles per hour.

As you can imagine, many accidents could occur in that distance. Regardless of what is going on while a vehicle is in motion, the driver has to think of the possible accidents that may result so they can take steps to avoid a crash.

Types of distractions

There are three distinct types of distractions that drivers should be aware of.

  • Manual distractions involve things that require a driver to take their hands off of the steering wheel.
  • Visual distractions are those that make a driver take their eyes off of the road around them.
  • Cognitive distractions cause a driver to take their mind off driving duties.

While it is possible that something will only cause one of these distractions, it is common for more than one to occur in tandem. For example, replying to a text means the driver needs to read the text sent to them, think about how they are going to respond and manipulate the phone to send the text.

When an accident occurs

When a distracted driver causes a crash, the priority must be getting the medical care you need and collecting the other driver's information. Contacting emergency services can get the police and ambulance to your location. Once you have the care you need, you can look into the root cause of the accident. This gives you information that you might need to help you to determine whether you are going to seek compensation. If you opt to file a personal injury claim, be sure to do so quickly since there are time limits.

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