Distracted driving remains a significant issue on the road, contributing to a staggering number of accidents each year. Identifying the primary sources of distraction behind many car accidents can help you promote safer roads and reduce the risk of collisions.
There are several common sources of distraction that can lead to accidents and injuries.
Although they are not as blatant as physical distractions, cognitive distractions pose a serious threat on the road. Daydreaming or letting your mind wander while driving can take attention away from the road. This slows reaction time and interferes with your ability to recognize hazards in a timely manner and increases your risk of collisions.
The increasing integration of sophisticated in-vehicle technology has created a new level of distraction inside vehicles. Adjusting infotainment systems, navigation and other technology devices in the car creates a new level of distraction for drivers. Taking your eyes off the road even for a couple of seconds to check the navigation screen can pose a hazard.
Eating and drinking
Most drivers think little of having a snack or a drink behind the wheel. Unfortunately, doing so can put you at risk of an accident. It takes your attention away from the road, even if briefly. This creates a safety hazard for you and others on the road.
Distracted driving led to 3,522 deaths in 2021. Understanding the common distractions that interfere with driver attention can help you improve safety on the road. It also helps you identify when distractions contribute to your accident so that you can seek the compensation that you deserve.