Distracted driving, freeway accidents and commuters

As you commute to and from work on the freeway, you will do whatever it takes to safely reach your destination.

While you take the steps necessary to prevent trouble, other drivers may not realize the importance of doing so. Instead, they're in a rush to reach their home or office, causing them to drive in a reckless manner (such as by speeding). Or maybe they become distracted, thus taking their eyes off the road.

Every year, many freeway accidents across the United States are a direct result of distracted driving.

As a commuter looking to avoid trouble, you should become familiar with the most common types of distractions. Every distraction fits into one of three categories:

  • Manual distraction. This is when a driver removes one or both hands from the wheel, such as to reach for a cellphone or answer a text message. Manual distractions are extremely common, especially on the freeway where many drivers think they only need one hand to control their vehicle.
  • Visual distraction. There are many reasons why a driver may take his or her eyes off of the road. For instance, reading a text message could distract a person for several seconds, which is more than enough to cause an accident. There is never a good time to focus on anything but the road.
  • Cognitive distraction. Also known as mental distraction, this occurs if the driver is not focused on the road and their surroundings. Examples of this could be listening to the radio, conversing with passengers, or talking on the phone.

You know there are bad drivers on the road. You also know that you need to use the freeway on a regular basis. For this reason, it's important to do the following:

  • Don't do anything inside your vehicle that will di stract you.
  • Watch for drivers who are not paying attention to the road.
  • Keep your distance if somebody is driving in an erratic manner.

If a distracted driver causes an accident, move your car to safety and then receive immediate medical attention. Once you're on the path to recovery, you can learn more about the accident. This is your chance to prove that the other driver was distracted, meaning that he or she should be held responsible for your injuries and any other damages.

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