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How even a moment of inattention can affect driving capabilities

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

It can be difficult to predict the types of safety hazards you might encounter while navigating to and from your destinations on Colorado roads. Nearby drivers who are in a rush may be prone to speeding or tailgating, while others might simply be lost in thought while focusing on things other than the task at hand.

While it is no secret that distracted driving can be dangerous under any situation, such issues continue to play a role in many collisions. You may understand that even a moment of inattention might affect your driving capabilities, but can you always rely on others to do the same?

The impact

The presence of inattention can take a devastating toll on your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Some common examples of the possible hazards of distracted driving may include:

  • Lack of awareness: Drivers who lose focus on the task at hand while behind the wheel may struggle to maintain awareness of their surroundings, which can be dangerous under any situation.
  • Lane control: Distracted drivers may also struggle to maintain proper lane control. Constantly drifting in and out of traffic lanes can lead to a greater risk of a major collision.
  • Control of speed: Studies also indicate that the presence of distraction can also make it difficult to maintain control of a vehicle’s speed. Mixing distraction with speeding can be a hazardous combination.
  • Failure to yield: Those who succumb to distraction may also be susceptible to running through red lights and stop signs. Failure to yield continues to be a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents.

Even if you choose to maintain focus on the road while driving, if you cross paths with someone who fails to do the same, you could be the one left suffering the consequences.

When disaster strikes

Understanding the risks involved with distracted driving may help you form healthier driving habits, but it might not always be enough to keep disaster at bay. Should a nearby driver succumb to distraction, you might have little to no time to react quickly enough to avoid a dangerous situation. The outcome of an ensuing crash might leave you facing various challenges in life and leave you with questions about your options and the next steps to take to safeguard your future interests.