Drivers throughout California should ensure that they’re always driving safely. Part of doing this is making sure that they aren’t falling victim to distractions. These are everywhere in the vehicle, as well as around it.
Distractions come in many forms. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention groups distractions into three forms: manual, visual, and cognitive. While some distractions encompass only one area, others include them all.
Common distractions in vehicles
Anything that takes the driver’s focus off of driving is considered a distraction. Some examples include:
- Looking at passengers when talking to them
- Eating or drinking
- Grooming or putting on makeup
- Changing the radio station or GPS system settings
- Looking at billboards on the side of the road
- Taking care of children
- Reaching for things
Some distractions are illegal. For example, it’s illegal in California to hold a cellphone while you’re driving. Not only is using a cellphone while you’re driving very dangerous, but it can also lead to considerable fines.
Spotting a distracted driver isn’t always easy. They may be swerving or stopping suddenly. If you see these occurring, don’t try to stop that driver. Instead, stay away from them so you minimize your chance of being struck by them.
Anyone who suffers an injury at the hands of a distracted driver should explore their option to seek compensation. This can help them to cover the medical bills and other expenses related to the incident. State law limits how long you have to get this taken care of after the crash, so act swiftly. This is your chance to hold the negligent driver accountable for the damages they caused.