Distracted driving is any activity that takes attention away from driving. Many distractions exist for drivers on the road. Common distractions consist of drowsy driving, driving while under the influence, using technology while driving, eating while driving, and driving with loud or bothersome passengers. In 2017, distracted driving claimed over 3,100 lives. It is important that drivers give the task their full attention for the safety of themselves, as well as others.
Common Distractions To Avoid
Distracted driving accounts for a large number of motor vehicle accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association noted that 9% of fatal crashes in 2017 were due to distracted driving. Although drivers don’t usually intend to cause accidents, they occur nonetheless. As mentioned above, there are countless different possibilities for distractions on the road. Some of the most common distractions are as follows:
- Driving while drowsy
- Drowsy driving can occur when the driver does not get the proper amount of sleep and begins to lose visual focus as well as physical focus.
- Driving while intoxicated
- A single drink can slow down reaction times and affect vision.
- Using a cell phone or GPS
- Using technology while driving takes the driver’s eyes off the road and shifts the brain’s focus.
- Eating and driving
- Attempting to eat and drive causes the driver to take their hands off the wheel and lose focus of the road.
- Getting proper rest
- Putting away cell phones while behind the wheel
- Setting up the GPS before driving
- Abstaining from drinking alcohol or consuming drugs
- Refrain from eating or drinking while driving
There are plenty of other things that can distract a driver on the road, but these are some of the most common. The best way to avoid distractions is to prepare properly before getting behind the wheel.
Tips For Staying Focused
Being a part of a motor vehicle accident can be traumatizing. Car accidents claim thousands of lives each year, so it is crucial that drivers are focused at all times. There are a myriad of distractions that can occur while driving, but the Cottle Firm offers guidance on what to do if you are hit and injured by a distracted driver. Some tips to keep distractions at bay include:
The Cottle Firm Can Help You Today
Auto accidents affect a large number of people every day, and as mentioned above, distracted driving accounts for a significant amount. Accidents can leave victims injured, and depleted emotionally. Our personal injury lawyers at the Cottle Firm understand how stressful motor vehicle accidents can be. We provide support and guidance with our decades of legal experience. Over many years, we have won our clients over a quarter of a billion dollars. We pride ourselves in being a firm that builds strong relationships with clients, attorneys and judges. These relationships allow us to continue being a successful personal injury law firm in Nevada. If you or someone you love was injured in a distracted driving accident, call our firm today at 702-722-6111.