As we live in a very busy society, we are continually seeking to accomplish more than one thing at a time; and this is seen a lot by those who are behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Drivers are on their commute are continually worried about answering work emails, grooming themselves, eating their breakfast, and the like; otherwise diverting their attention from their primary focus—the road. Distracted driving is known to be among some of the greatest causes of car accidents today, and the results can be severe if not fatal.
In order to be a safe driver on the road, it requires our full attention and coordination in order to protect ourselves and those on the road around us. Three factors are included in this process as you operate a vehicle on the road including, visual, cognitive and manual attention. Our visual coordination can be an obvious necessity, and yet by choosing to look down at your cell phone or any other distraction you are imprinting your ability to control your vehicle on the road. Being cognitive on the road means that your mind is focusing on what you are doing; namely, driving a car. A distracted driver is not only drawing their eyes away from the road but is sidetracking their thoughts; therefore making them more susceptible to an accident.
Lastly, our manual ability to control the vehicle is found in having our hands on the wheel. When a driver chooses to text message or apply their makeup on the road, your hands are then kept from the steering wheel; placing you and all those around you at risk of injury. Distracted driving comes in many different forms including cell phone usage, reading, grooming, and reading, looking at objects outside the car, as well as reaching around the vehicle for an object. All these actions can result to the driver being unable to react in the event of a quick stop of cars on the highway, or a person changing a lane nearby. By being distracted on the road, a driver is placing their very own life in danger as well as all those on the streets and intersections around them.
While the public eye has been focused on the use of cell-phones and texting and driving, there are a number of equally dangerous distractions available to drivers. Anything that takes the mind, hands and eyes off of the road is considered a distraction and a danger to the road. Some of the most common distractions aside from the use of hand-held devices include:
While cellphone use is unarguably one of the leading distractions to drivers, there are a number of other distractions equally and even sometimes more dangerous. It is important to understand these threats to one's safety in order to avoid these activities and to look out for other drivers participating in them.
If you or a loved one have been a victim of a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you are not alone. Every day, numbers are added to the people who are suffering at the hands of negligent drivers who choose to text behind the wheel or otherwise distract themselves from the road. In 2011 there were a reported 1.3 million car crashes caused directly by drivers who were using their cell phones, and the number isn't changing. If you or a loved one have been a victim of a distracted driver accident, look no further than The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus. We are committed to helping victims of wrongful injuries seek the compensation they deserve for their pain and suffering after the accident.
We also represent family members of wrongful death victims seek monetary recovery for their loss. While no accident can be undone, compensation can help you and your family focus on healing rather than the stress of medical bills and other subsequent costs from the accident. By contacting a San Fernando Valley personal injury lawyer at our firm you can rest assured that your rights will be fought for to the fullest extent.