The Causes Of Distracted Driving
Everyone typically associates distracted driving as talking or texting while behind the wheel. However, distracted driving encompasses far more actions. The CDC put out a comprehensive study that analyzed the three types of distractions and how they may manifest while you are driving. This article will go over those distractions and how they impact your ability to drive.
Cars travel at impressive velocities. For instance, a standard sedan travelling 55 mph moves the length of a football field in five seconds. Therefore, any distraction that pulls you away from the road for two seconds or more could mean you travelled over a hundred feet without paying attention.
According to the study, there are three types of distractions: First, ocular or visual distractions pull your eyes off the road. For example, if you notice a car accident on the other side of the highway or see a police officer in your rear view mirror. These minor distractions could cost precious seconds.
Second, cognitive or focus distractions take your attention away from driving. These are things like conversations with people in the car or even daydreaming. It is easy to take for granted that you can do multiple things in the car at once. In fact, most people need to juggle driving with multiple tasks because commutes consume a significant portion of the day. Always keep in mind that it only takes five seconds to drive a football field.
Finally, manual distractions take your hands off the wheel. These are closer to the classic PSA commercials like dropping something and reaching for it or spilling coffee on your lap. Remember that you can ignore your phone or wallet; it is still going to be there when you pull over.
If you were injured in a car accident then you may want to speak to an attorney, you could have an actionable claim. An attorney can go over the accident with you to help determine your legal strategy. It could be a lawsuit or a negotiation. Regardless of the circumstances, an attorney can help you get the answers you need.