Drivers on Virginia roads must ensure that they’re paying attention to what’s going on around their vehicle. Driving isn’t a time when they should multitask or try to do anything other than just operate their car or truck. Unfortunately, some drivers think they can handle doing other things, which can lead to crashes that are sometimes fatal. Distracted driving crashes kill an average of nine people per day and injure more than 1,000 each day. Sadly, all of these are preventable deaths.
There are three forms of distractions of which drivers should be aware. While some actions only involve one type of distraction, others include all three. These three types of distractions behind the wheel are:
- Cognitive distractions, which take your mind off operating the vehicle
- Manual distractions, which require you to take your hand off the wheel
- Visual distractions, which force you to take your eyes off the road
Text messaging is an example of an activity that involves all three forms of distraction. You have to hold the phone, look at the message and think about what it means. Checking out a billboard on the side of the road requires you to take your eyes off the road and process what it’s advertising. Eating sandwich requires you to hold it, which takes your hands off the wheel.
For people who are struck by a distracted driver, realizing that the crash could have been prevented might cause anger. If you’re in this position, use that anger to fuel your desire to take action. You have the option to seek compensation from the distracted driver, which can help to reduce the out-of-pocket expenses that you’re facing and your other losses.