Anything that takes a driver’s attention from the road is a distraction. Texting has received a lot of attention as a hazardous task that should not occur when behind the wheel, but it is not the only one. We often represent victims injured in a car crash resulting from someone’s negligence, such as distracted driving.
The brain can process limited information in a given time. Pushing the limits of that processing power can result in performance problems, such as slower response times and overcompensation to hazards. Driving requires your full attention. According to AAA, you can avoid most distractions by taking steps that minimize the issues.
Prepare before leaving
Take a few moments to get ready before putting the car in gear. This may include the following:
- Putting on sunglasses or driving glasses
- Storing loose item
- Securing passengers, including children and pets
- Setting climate control, navigation and entertainment
- Fastening your seatbelt
Focus on driving
Maintain control of your vehicle by keeping both hands on the wheel, concentrate on the road and scan the area ahead for hazards. Remember that cars behind you can also affect driving conditions. Checking for blind spots noting vehicles that are preparing to pass helps you keep track of the situation unfolding around you.
The environment inside your vehicle should be as calm as possible. Let friends and family know not to contact you when they know you are driving and let passengers know you do not use your smartphone while driving. Taking precautions makes you a responsible driver. If your accident injuries result from another driver’s negligence, financial compensation can help pay for the medical bills, lost wages and other expenses.