Driving Distractions to Avoid While Driving a Motor Vehicle
In 2019, there were approximately 420,000 people injured and another 3100 people tragically killed in an accident caused by a distracted driver.
Suppose you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver. In that case, you may be qualified to file an accident injury claim to recover financial compensation for your losses. All claims must be filed before the state statute of limitations expire. In other words, accident injury victims harmed by negligent drivers only have a specified amount of time in which they may file an accident claim to pursue monetary compensation. Our firm helps accident injury victims recover maximum compensation for pain and suffering, property damage, lost wages, and other accident-related damages.
The following is a list of some of the most common driving distractions you should avoid.
Eating or drinking while driving – distracted driving occurs when the driver takes their hands off the steering wheel or turns their attention away from the road ahead. Unfortunately, distracted driving accidents can occur in just a few seconds of the driver being distracted. It is advisable to park and finish your meal before driving your motor vehicle. There are many beautiful rest stops along interstates in which you can enjoy your meal and stretch or go for a walk. You reduce your risk of being involved or causing a serious motor vehicle accident by not eating and driving.
Daydreaming – Often, when drivers are behind the wheel for several hours, their attention to the road ahead can diminish. Some people report what is called "Highway, Hypnosis," which is a trancelike state that drivers can fall into while driving for extended periods of time. Some studies suggest that highway hypnosis can occur even on short distances. One effective way of preventing highway hypnosis is to bring along a passenger with who you can engage in conversation.
Using a cell phone – one of the most common modes of distracted driving involves using a cell phone while driving. People using their cell phones to make phone calls, texting, or surfing the web while driving not only put themselves at risk but also put other motorists at an increased chance of harm. To combat this, most states in the United States have passed anti-cell phone use while driving laws that restrict when a driver may use their cell phone.
Using unfamiliar motor vehicles: Many times, people will borrow or rent a motor vehicle for transportation or to move household goods. One way to avoid being in an accident when driving a vehicle that is unfamiliar to you is to take time to study the driving controls before driving on public roads with other vehicles. It is also a good idea to practice driving the unfamiliar vehicle on lesser-used roadways and/or on parking lots. That way, you can familiarize yourself with the vehicle's performance, size, and driving controls.
Driving while fatigued – in a lot of motor vehicle accidents, the driver has fallen asleep at the wheel. This is a typical cause in single-vehicle motor vehicle accidents. Some studies suggest that driving while fatigued is as dangerous as driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you or a loved one feels sleepy or drowsy while driving, it is important to stop driving. It is not always safe to rely on caffeinated drinks to keep you alert and awake while driving. The best option is to get some rest.
Levers, knobs, and buttons – A lot of motor vehicle accidents are caused by adjusting the air conditioning or heat, playing with your automobile's radio, or adjusting mirrors. It's important to adjust your mirrors, music, heating or air conditioning, seats, and other comfort and safety features before you begin to drive. That way, you do not have to take your eyes off of the road or take your hands off of the steering wheel. Accidents only take a few seconds to occur. Therefore, you must maintain attention to the road ahead and keep your hands on the steering wheel to take any evasive action.
The time that a clamant has to file for monetary compensation is limited by law. Contact our experienced accident attorneys to find out what time limits apply in your or your loved one's personal injury claim.
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