When you get behind the wheel of a car to drive, even minor distractions can impact your ability to operate a vehicle safely. This can raise your risk of getting into an injurious accident that has long-term effects.
Many drivers assume that using a cell phone and driving is the primary cause of driver distraction. However, many other types of distracted driving can harm your ability to drive safely.
In 2021, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,522 people in the U.S. died in distracted driving accidents, and many of these involved visual distractions. Visual distractions involve taking your eyes off the road. This can include activities like texting, checking a GPS device or adjusting the radio.
Manual distractions occur when you take your hands off the steering wheel. Common examples include eating, reaching for items or adjusting controls within the vehicle.
Cognitive distractions happen when your mind wanders away from the task of driving. Daydreaming, engaging in deep conversations or becoming preoccupied with personal matters are all cognitive distractions that can impair reaction times and decision-making on the road, elevating the likelihood of a car accident.
Auditory distractions involve sounds that divert your attention. While listening to music at a reasonable volume is generally acceptable, excessively loud music or engaging in phone conversations through handheld devices can lead to reduced awareness of the surrounding environment.
Interactions with passengers, especially those demanding your attention, can pose a distraction. Whether dealing with children, talking to passengers or addressing disputes, these interactions can take attention away from safe driving.
Even though you may be diligent about avoiding distractions when you drive, others may not be as careful. If you sustained injuries in a car accident, contact the legal professionals at The Law Office of Aman N. Shah.