Distracted Driving Takes 3 Main Forms
Next time you’re stopped at a red light and see someone on their phone, take some time to really think about how distracted that driver is at that exact moment and be sure to keep your distance. Distracted driving causes a lot of injuries and deaths in car accidents each year.
The 3 Forms of Distracted Driving
At the same time, it’s important that you understand the three primary types of distraction, all of which are exhibited by texting and driving. The main forms of distracted driving include:
- Manual distraction. Manual means not physically controlling the vehicle as you drive, like taking a hand off the steering wheel.
- Visual distraction. Visual means not looking at mirrors, the roads, or the traffic around the vehicle.
- Cognitive distraction. Cognitive means thinking about other things and letting your mind wander while you’re driving.
Texting Is One of the Worst Offenders
Texting is one of the most notable instances of distracted driving. As previously stated, texting involves all forms of distraction at once. That texting driver is focusing on what they’re reading, texting, or the conversation they’re having. They’re not even looking at the road. They’re looking down -- and you can see it from your car -- at the screen of their phone. The phone is probably in one hand, meaning that it’s a distraction even if the driver is using the voice-to-text feature.
Of course, texting isn’t the only instance of driver distraction, but it’s one of the easiest to understand because we see it so often. That means you are constantly at risk of being hit by a distracted driver, and you need to understand that you the right to pursue lost compensation in the event of an accident.
Distracted Driving Collisions in New Mexico
Distracted driving is essentially any activity that takes your mind and focus off of the task of driving. Perhaps the most alarming form of distracted driving is texting, which can take your eyes off the road for as long as five seconds. On average, 9 people are killed and nearly 1,000 injured each day in distracted driving accidents. 2,841 people were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2018 alone.
The fact is that you can’t truly drive safely if your full attention isn’t on driving your car. Any non-driving related activity can potentially derail your concentration and cause you to be involved in a crash. It goes without saying that cellphone use behind the wheel comes with the greatest risk. When crash victims are injured by a distracted driver, they can pursue a personal injury claim to hold him or her accountable for their injuries.
An experienced New Mexico car crash attorney can help injured parties pursue lost compensation after being injured by a distracted driver. These reckless motorists are knowingly engaging in negligent behavior that is putting themselves and others at risk of serious injury. If you or a loved one has been unfairly injured by a distracted driver, contact our law offices at (505) 243-5566 to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer at Will Ferguson & Associates.