As a driver in Connecticut, you know that distracted driving is a problem that poses a serious threat to you and others on the road. With the increase in smartphone use and in-car technology that requires significant driver interaction, there are now more things than ever before that can distract a driver. 

The source of distraction is often cell phone use. Texting and talking on the phone are two of the most common reasons for distracted driving, but they are not the only ones. Understanding distracted driving requires understanding how the brain works and how a lack of focus can affect a driver’s ability to think and physically react in an appropriate amount of time.

The effect of distraction on a driver

Distracted driving, regardless of the type, is always dangerous and always inexcusable. A driver has the responsibility of knowing when he or she is engaging in behavior that could impact the ability to drive safely. Distraction comes in various forms, and they can affect a person in the following ways:

  • Cognitively: Distraction can happen even with two hands on the wheel. It can occur when a driver is talking to a passenger, looking at something or even daydreaming while driving.
  • Physically: When a driver does something that requires him or her to remove a hand from the wheel, it is distraction. This may include texting, changing the radio station or even eating while driving.
  • Visually: Anything that takes the driver’s eyes off the road is visual distraction. This may be reading a text or even looking at a billboard while the car is in motion.

Texting or using the phone in any way is particularly dangerous because it often involves all three types of distraction. Despite knowing the dangers of texting while driving, people still engage in this dangerous behavior. You can fight back by seeking appropriate compensation if a distracted driver causes you harm.

Recovery after an accident

If you are the victim of an accident caused by the actions of a distracted driver, you have the right to seek financial compensation through a personal injury claim. While this cannot reverse what you experienced, it can allow you to recover some financial losses.

After an accident, you may find it beneficial to seek an evaluation of your case to understand your legal options. You can take quick action to protect your interests by seeking help as soon as possible after a motor vehicle accident.