According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), lack of driver attention is the leading factor in the majority of car crashes and close calls. Driving a car requires rapid assessment, clear judgment, and focus. Automakers make cars easier to drive by implementing features like cruise control, automatic transmissions, blind spot alerts, etc., but despite those efforts to make driving easier, we make it dangerous and difficult by our inattention.
The following are some helpful reminders about driver distraction and how it can affect you.
- Eating behind the wheel is distracting and therefore unsafe.
- Reading while driving, whether it is map reading or catching up on that latest downloaded e-book, takes your attention away from the most important task at hand.
- Putting on makeup (ladies) and shaving (men) takes your hands off the wheel.
- Talking on cell phones is a cognitive distraction even if you use a hands-free device. According to the NHTSA, distraction can be reduced by use of a hands-free device but not eliminated.
- Texting is unsafe at all speeds except 0 mph.
- Taking on animals as passengers is dangerous and pets should always be confined to the rear seat. They can distract the driver and cause crashes if they are unrestrained in the front seat.
- Accessing the Internet with smart phones or your tablet. Even if needed for finding directions on a map service, these devices must be left for passengers to use – never drivers.
Driving a car is not a simple process. It is a complex mental and physical operation requiring reflexes and coordination.
At the firm of Alpert Schreyer, our Maryland auto accident attorneys understand that auto accidents are often not accidents at all. Too often they are the fault of a careless or distracted driver. Have you been injured in an auto accident that was caused by another’s negligence? Call us at (844) 632-7274 to find out in a free case evaluation how we can help you recover compensation you deserve.