Driver distraction can cause instant destruction on California roads. Because of the vigilance that driving requires, even one person’s split-second diversion can impact the lives of many people.
When people understand the gravity of their choice to multitask while driving, they may have more incentive to avoid distractions.
Types of distractions
Arguably the most common distraction for many people is cellphone use. Many people admittedly use their phones to text, make calls and program GPS coordinates while they drive. While a dangerous and prevalent problem, no doubt, there are other forms of distraction as well. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distractions have different forms including manual, visual and cognitive.
Some examples of driving distractions include the following:
- Applying makeup
- Adjusting the radio
- Talking with passengers
- Reading road signs
- Eating food
- Handling pets
Impact of distraction
Even though people may feel invincible and capable of doing two things at once, driving while distracted can put anyone at risk, no matter how safe of a driver they are. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, statistics show that the risk of crashing is three times as high for distracted drivers. Momentary impairment can impact speed, depth perception and a person’s ability to respond to hazards.
If people have received injuries in a car accident resulting from distraction, they may want to seek legal help. Chronic pain, permanent disabilities, property damage and a host of other repercussions can leave victims dealing with lifelong challenges. With adequate support, victims of driver negligence may increase their chances of successfully getting compensation for the suffering they have endured.