Drivers have a duty to pay attention to what’s going on around them. When they succumb to distractions, they can put others in danger. Distracted drivers claim an average of nine lives daily in this country.
One thing that drivers may not realize is that even shorter distractions can be deadly. When a person is driving at 55 miles per hour, they go the length of a football field in around five seconds. That’s the time it takes to read or respond to the average text. It’s also the equivalent of driving that distance with their eyes closed.
What kinds of distractions can drivers face?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention names three primary forms of distractions. These include visual, cognitive, and manual distractions. Many things that distract drivers encompass all three of the distraction forms.
Think about using a cellphone. You have to hold the phone, which is the manual distraction. You need to look at the phone, which is the visual distraction. You have to think about what’s being said, which is the cognitive distraction.
A driver who’s distracted can’t react to situations on the road in an appropriate manner. This puts others on the road in danger of being struck, which can cause catastrophic injuries or fatalities.
Anyone who suffers an injury at the hands of a distracted driver should get medical care for their injuries. They have the option of seeking compensation for the financial damages they’re dealing with. These cases must be filed within a specific time, according to Alaska law. Taking swift action ensures that this time limit is met.