Drivers need to be able to keep their focus on the roadway. Anything distracting them from doing this is a serious issue, so those activities must be avoided to help keep everyone on the roads safe.
Understanding a bit about distracted driving can help drivers and other vehicle occupants to minimize distractions. These three points are an excellent place to start learning about distracted driving:
Distractions go beyond cellphones
Society today typically automatically thinks of cellphones as the primary distraction drivers face. Other distractions are also possible. Anything that affects the driver’s visual, manual or cognitive abilities is considered a distraction.
Length of distraction doesn’t matter
Even short distractions are serious matters. It only takes five seconds for a vehicle moving 55 miles per hour to travel the length of a regulation football field. That’s how long it takes to read an average text message. If the driver isn’t looking at the road, controlling the vehicle or thinking about driving during that time, they may miss vital things that require them to act.
Serious injuries can occur
Distracted driving crashes can cause significant injuries, including those to the brain or spinal cord. Victims of distracted driving crashes may choose to seek compensation for the financial damages they’re dealing with because of their injuries. This may include medical bills, loss of income and other expenses.
New Hampshire limits how long victims have to file the lawsuit, so swift action is critical. Working with someone familiar with these matters may be beneficial so they can handle the legal issues while the victim heals.