Drivers have a duty to help others on the roads with them safe. While many drivers do this without issue, there are some who don’t take this duty serious enough. These drivers might not give the amount of attention to driving that they should, which can be a fatal mistake.
There are many things that can distract drivers. Some of these, such as a phone, are obvious. Others, such as billboards, might not be as obvious. All drivers must understand some basic points about what constitutes distractions so they can avoid them.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are three types of distractions that can impact drivers. These include:
- Manual distractions that require you to take your hands off the wheel
- Visual distractions that take your eyes off the road
- Cognitive distractions that take your mind off your driving duties
While all drivers are at risk of being distracted while they drive, those who are under 20 years of age are at the greatest risk of being involved in a fatal distracted wreck. This is partly because these are fairly new drivers who might not use the safety practices that could help to prevent crashes.
For victims of distracted driving crashes, the financial impact can be considerable. They might need extensive medical care and may not be able to return to work right away. This means they’re dealing with a reduction or loss of income at a time when there is an increase in bills. These victims can choose to seek compensation from the driver who struck them in an effort to recover the financial damages they have due to the crash.