It’s often said that distracted driving is very dangerous and leads to car accidents — and this is certainly backed up by a lot of statistical research and personal anecdotes, as well.
Driver distraction is really just the first part of a chain of events that can cause a crash. Here’s why:
Distracted drivers simply make more mistakes
Before pointing out some major errors that could happen, it’s important to note that researchers find the biggest issue to be a higher frequency of mistakes. In other words, a driver who is not distracted will also make mistakes. The person who is distracted may make the same ones, but they’ll make more of them, increasing the odds of an accident.
With that in mind, some critical driving errors include:
- Failing to slow down when traffic ahead has slowed or come to a stop
- Failing to stop at a stop sign or a red light
- Drifting over the center line and into oncoming traffic
- Failing to navigate a curve and driving off the side of the road
Distracted drivers often just fail to observe things around them. They may be more likely to pull out in front of another car, for instance, because they didn’t see it at all.
How to seek compensation
It’s proven very hard for the authorities to stop distracted driving, and it continues to cause accidents every single day in the United States. Many of these accidents lead to catastrophic injuries and fatalities. If you’re involved in such a crash, make sure you know how to seek compensation for your injuries.