We all know that cell phones are a significant distraction for drivers, which has become a problem in Connecticut and around the country. The introduction of smart phones has only made the situation worse, and the number of motor vehicle collisions caused by distracted drivers has increased.
However, iPhones, tablets and other devices are not the only reason why drivers may be distracted. There are many other causes of distracted driving that result in motorists taking their attention off of the road and putting the lives of innocent people at risk.
Distracted driving can also occur when motorists engage in the following behavior:
- Tending to a young child or pet in the backseat or front passenger seat
- Adjusting a GPS device
- Eating or drinking
Driving is a complex task that requires full and complete attention. When a driver focuses on something other than the road, even for a few moments, it can create a dangerous scenario for other motorists and pedestrians. This is because distraction reduces a driver’s ability to perceive changes around him or her, such as the sudden slowing of traffic, construction and red lights. It also affects a motorist’s reflexes and judgment. For these reasons, many experts compare driving while distracted to drunk driving.
What to do if a distracted driver injures your or a loved one
All motorists on the roadway have a legal duty to take reasonable steps to avoid harming others. As a result, drivers must do everything they can to prevent distraction while operating a vehicle. If you have been in a motor vehicle collision and you believe that the driver who caused the collision was distracted, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and should seek out legal advice from a competent attorney.