It is tempting to try to do more than one thing at once. We may clean our house while watching television, take a work phone call while typing a memo or help our children with homework while preparing dinner. However, the one time you should never try to do more than one thing at once is while driving. Doing so can cause a distracted driving accident that injures or kills another person.
What types of distractions might affect motorists?
Motorists in Maryland can be distracted in one of four general ways. First there are visual distractions, which take a motorist’s eyes off the road. Second there are auditory distractions where motorists are listening to something not related to driving. Third there are manual distractions, which take a motorist’s hands off the steering wheel. Finally, there are cognitive distractions, in which a motorist is thinking about something other than the task of operating their vehicle.
What are some common ways a motorist can be distracted?
We are sometimes distracted while driving without even realizing it. Of course, many people in Maryland already know that texting and driving or using a cell phone while driving can be distracting. However, eating, chatting to passengers, grooming, reading maps, using a gps system, watching a video and tuning the radio can all be distractions while driving.
Learn more about distracted driving accidents
Distracted driving accidents are tragic, as they are entirely preventable. Those who have been injured in a distracted driving accident may want to learn more about their options. Our firm’s webpage on auto accidents may be informative to those who find themselves in such a situation.