Driving a vehicle requires your constant and full attention. It is a skill that involves complex coordination between your mind and body. When there is a disruption in concentration resulting from a driving distraction, your odds of being seriously injured in a Daytona Beach car accident increase exponentially.
Driving distractions can be put into three categories
Experts have categorized driving distractions into three groups. These groups include:
- Visual distractions, in which your eyes are off the road.
- Cognitive distractions, in which your mind is off the road.
- Manual distractions, in which your hands are off the steering wheel.
Looking out your window to view what you are passing can be deadly. Anytime your eyes are off the road, your chances of being able to respond to sudden road dangers decrease dramatically. You might find it impossible to avoid hitting the back of a stopping car or a pedestrian darting across the road. Common visual distractions include:
- Other accidents.
- Road construction.
- A scenic view.
- Another driver getting a ticket.
It’s easy to let your mind wander when behind the wheel, especially on long road trips. When driving, you should be cautious when entering into deep conversations with passengers, attending to your children’s needs, and listening to music or talk radio. You should also avoid becoming too engrossed while listening to a book on tape.
Manual distractions are those that require the use of at least one hand. When operating a vehicle, both your hands should remain on the steering wheel as much as possible. This will help you maintain control of your vehicle in the event you have to avoid a sudden road hazard. Common manual distractions include:
- Reaching for something in the car.
- Adjusting your radio dial.
- Personal grooming, such as applying makeup and combing your hair.
- Putting in contact lenses.
- Getting dressed.
Texting and driving
It’s nearly impossible to find an article on driving distractions that don’t discuss the dangers of texting and driving. That is because texting while behind the wheel is extremely dangerous and can fit into all three categories at the same time. It is a task that normally requires your eyes, your mind, and at least one hand to complete.
If you must make or finish a call, you should do it before you turn on your car. You may even consider storing your phone out of reach, like in the backseat or trunk.
Those you share the roadways with
It’s unfortunate that many of those you share the Florida roadways with have never read an article like this. Their distracted driving may have resulted in you being seriously injured in a car accident. That is why you should call the experienced team at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A.
We have helped countless accident victims like you navigate through the difficult and confusing process of building an accident injury case. We are committed to defending your rights, protecting you from the tactics that the insurance company may use to discredit your case, and getting you the compensation you and your family deserve.
If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident resulting from a distracted driver, contact one of our experienced Daytona Beach car accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890.