Driving requires your complete attention so you can safely navigate around other vehicles. Alertness can also help you notice road hazards and respond with control.
Distractions while driving can interfere with your ability to focus. Even simple tasks such as changing the radio station can have costly consequences if your attention diverts for too long.
Knowing the risks
If you are like a lot of people, you probably consider it distracting to use your phone while driving. While true, cellphone use is not the only distraction. Some others include the following:
- Carrying on a social conversation with passengers
- Opening snacks or eating food
- Applying makeup
- Programming a GPS or radio
- Handing things to backseat passengers
- Holding a pet
Fatigue also counts as a distraction. In fact, according to Geico, 37% of American drivers admitted to falling asleep or nodding off according to a government study.
Protecting your rights
Unfortunately, even if you commit to safe driving habits, other motorists may not be as responsible. If you get in an accident because of another driver’s negligence, you could suffer serious and life-changing injuries. The outcome of your accident could impact your ability to work, sustain relationships and enjoy optimal quality of life.
If you have suffered because of someone else’s choice to drive while distracted, you have the right to take legal action. Your decision to advocate for your rights is a process that an attorney can guide you through. With adequate support and knowledge, you can petition for compensation to offset some of the sufferings you have experienced and will continue to deal with for the remainder of your life.