Reckless driving and people operating vehicles while under the influence cause many accidents on Connecticut roads far too frequently. Most people realize that moving violations and intoxication could result in crashes, but they may not realize how serious and pervasive distracted driving is. Untold numbers of drivers engage in distracting behaviors, and their luck at accident avoidance may one day run out.
Types of distracted driving
Some forms of distracted driving are blatantly egregious. Anyone who texts while driving takes their eyes, ears, hands, and attention off the road. Yet, many people insist on texting while driving, putting others in danger.
Some might not think using a hands-free system to text or make a phone call is entirely fine. While the concept of hands-free communication systems intends to improve safety, these systems are not 100% safe. Engaging in any activity, including hands-free phone calls, could distract a driver’s attention from the road.
Carrying on a conversation with a passenger or paying too much attention to a pet may cause distractions. Eating and drinking while driving could do the same, and so might fixing one’s clothes or hair.
The dangers of distractions
Distractions can be visual, cognitive or manual, and some distracting behaviors could combine all three. Directing hands and attention to an infotainment system’s touchscreen reflects three distractions possibly occurring at once. Such actions could increase the chances of motor vehicle accidents dramatically since drivers often have little time to react to avoid collisions.
Drivers are supposed to operate their vehicles safely. Engaging in any actions that could take attention from the road compromises safety. As such, if a distracted driver causes an accident, the driver could face negligence claims in court.