If you were to stand at a busy Chicago intersection for five minutes, observing drivers passing by, you would likely find many examples of distracted driving. From smartphones to LCD displays, discussions with passengers, rowdy kids in the backseat, and so on, the average driver is at least somewhat distracted. Distracted driving puts fellow drivers and pedestrians at risk. If you suspect another person’s distracted driving is in any way responsible for your auto accident and related injuries, our Chicago car accident lawyer may be able to help you obtain compensation.
Distracted Driving is Becoming a Major Problem
Take a moment to think about the many different distractions tugging at your attention as you drive. Today’s automobiles are computers on wheels within a protective barrier comprised of a couple thousand pounds of steel. The average automobile comes with all sorts of high-tech features and ample space for several passengers. Even something as seemingly innocent as a simple conversation with a passenger qualifies as distracted driving. However, there are much more serious distractions in today’s automobiles.
People are constantly fiddling with their navigation system, MP3 player, smartphone, and other automotive features. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distracted drivers kill approximately 10 people per day in the United States alone. About 1,000 people suffer injury each day in automobile crashes in the United States resulting from distracted driving. Contact our Chicago car accident lawyer if you find yourself injured at the hands of a distracted driver.
The Types of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving can be defined as performing an activity that shifts the driver’s attention away from actual driving. This heightens the odds of an accident. However, this definition fails to distinguish between the different types of distracted driving. Even the most experienced and skilled driver may likely succumb to at least one of the three types of distracted driving. It is awfully easy to shift your attention to vehicle niceties and away from the road.
Take your hands off the wheel to access your smartphone, change the radio station, adjust your seat or settle down the kids, and you have just succumb to manual distractions. This form of distracted driving often proves deadly as the driver relinquishes control of the vehicle as soon as his or her hands leave the wheel. Even something as simple as reaching for a can of soda in the cup holder qualifies as a manual distraction.
Cognitive distractions take your mind off the challenge of maneuvering through traffic in a safe and orderly manner. Examples of cognitive distractions include shifting your thoughts to work or personal relationships rather than the road ahead. Even talking to a passenger in the vehicle or someone outside of the vehicle with a hands-free device qualifies as a cognitive distraction. Thankfully, technological innovations are reducing the danger posed by cognitive distractions. Apps designed for safe driving turn on when vehicles reach a certain rate of speed. Once the driver reaches this speed, the app reduces cognitive distractions. It does so through the silencing of alerts for calls, emails, texts, etc.
Do not discount the potential for a ringing cell phone or an audible notification of a text message to distract you or a fellow driver. As automobile safety technology improves, the prevalence of cognitive distractions will gradually decrease. Thus, making the road that much safer for everyone.
Visual distractions cause the driver to take his or her eyes off the road. It is a mistake to look at a GPS device while driving. If you have to check your position on a digital map or obtain directions with your navigation system, pull over to the side of the road. Furthermore, using a cell phone and/or watching videos on in-vehicle screens qualify as visual distractions. It is no secret driving without distractions is becoming more difficult as in-vehicle technology improves. There is plenty to look at from LCD screens to connected smartphones, lists of digital songs, GPS devices, fellow passengers, etc.
It is also possible to install a safety device in your vehicle to notify your wireless service provider when you are driving. This technology blocks incoming calls, texts, emails and other notifications. Opt for this safety precaution and you could eliminate the majority of visual distractions in your vehicle.
Our Chicago Car Accident Lawyer is Here to Make You Whole Again
You deserve compensation for your vehicle damage, physical and mental pain and other losses stemming from another driver’s lack of due care. If you are the victim of a distracted driver, contact our Chicago car accident lawyer today. We provide no-cost consultations. You will not pay a penny unless we emerge victorious in your case.
Contact Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys at 844-977-1900 to learn more about how we can obtain compensation for your pain, lost wages and other related expenses. Our office is open from 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., yet we are willing and able to answer your call 24/7. You can also reach us through our LiveChat feature.