While most experienced drivers do it almost automatically, the reality is that it requires a lot of focus. There really is no room for distractions.
However, statistics show that as many as 1,000 people per day are injured in crashes that stem from distractions. Why are so many drivers distracted?
Reliance on cellphones
Cellphone ownership has drastically increased in recent decades. Nearly everyone relies on their cellphones for daily tasks such as shopping, banking, social media and news. They are now about much more than communication.
While cellphones are useful for a variety of purposes, they are a dangerous distraction on the roads. It only takes a second or two to send or receive a text or browse the news headlines, but these seconds are more than enough to cause a serious collision. Even using a hands-free phone can be distracting.
The stress of modern life
Life can be stressful at times. Debts, family issues, job stresses and much more can occupy the mind of a person. If the mind wanders while driving, then their focus is not where it needs to be — on the road and on potential hazards.“Lost in thought” distractions are thought to contribute to a significant proportion of fatal accident statistics.
While you can take steps to limit distractions while you drive, the reality is that you have no control over what other drivers do. If you’ve been injured in a crash caused by a distracted driver, there are ways to hold them to account for their negligence. Seek legal guidance to help you get the compensation you need and deserve.