It’s common knowledge that driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the most dangerous things a person can do. Although you may not realize it, distracted driving can be just as dangerous and reckless as drunk driving. Distracted driving is seemingly everywhere and is becoming one of the main culprits in serious and fatal motor vehicle accidents not only in Colorado and across the country.
Our society as a whole is becoming more and more dependent on technology. If you take a look at most vehicles being produced today, you’ll see they come equipped with technology designed to make the driving experience as comfortable as possible. Unfortunately, these features can also distract drivers from what is most important, which is actually driving. Anything that takes a driver’s attention off of the road can be considered distracted driving, and it comes in many forms.
What qualifies as distracted driving
Distracted driving is synonymous with cell phone usage behind the wheel. You should never text or use a cellphone while driving. Although cellphones may be the most common source of driver distraction, they are far from the only form. If you do any of the following things behind the wheel, you may be participating in distracted driving:
- Setting and adjusting the vehicle’s GPS
- Adjusting the radio or music
- Talking with passengers
- Eating or drinking
- Grooming, such as brushing hair or putting on makeup
The best part about distracted driving is that it is entirely preventable. When you’re driving, make a commitment to stay focused and attentive at all times.
Preventing distracted driving
Obviously, you can’t control the actions of other drivers. The best way to prevent other motorists from participating in distracted driving is to educate them and spread awareness about how dangerous driving while distracted is. Unfortunately, if current trends continue, motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers will be happening more and more in the years to come.
Should you encounter a distracted driver on the open road, keep your wits about you and be defensive. Unfortunately, there may be little you can do to respond to the situation. A wreck could place your safety in jeopardy and cause you to suffer life-altering injuries. The aftermath of an unfortunate accident may leave you with questions about what steps you need to take to protect your interests and pursue rightful damages.