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Understanding the hazards involved with distracted driving

On Behalf of | Jan 25, 2024 | Car Accidents

There are a variety of scenarios in which a driver might lose focus while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Cell phone usage and eating while driving are just two examples of issues that could divert your attention off the road, and even if this only lasts a few seconds, the results could prove disastrous.

Unfortunately, distracted driving remains a leading cause of collisions, and there may be many who simply won’t grasp how dangerous such behavior can be. Understanding some of the hazards involved with distracted driving could help you take steps to reduce the risk of being involved in a collision on Delaware roads.

The effects of distraction

Any type of distraction could cause you to take your eyes off the road, remove your hands from the wheel or disrupt your ability to concentrate. Some of the possible effects of such behavior might include:

  • Reduced response times: The presence of distractions can disrupt driver response times significantly; being prepared to identify and respond to situations that arise is a vital aspect of safe driving.
  • Limited awareness: Drivers who lose focus while behind the wheel may also struggle to maintain awareness of their surroundings; lack of awareness can prompt various safety risks.
  • Reckless behavior: Distracted drivers may also struggle to maintain proper lane control, exhibit frequent shifts in speed, constantly apply pressure to vehicle brakes or fail to allow adequate spacing.
  • Two seconds: While some types of distractions may only last one or two seconds, it may only take up to two seconds for a motor vehicle to travel nearly 200 feet.

Understanding the risk involved in such behavior could help you develop safer driving habits. However, your safety could still be at risk if others around you do not take such measures.

After a collision takes place

If you cross paths with a distracted driver, you might find it difficult or impossible to respond in time to avoid a dangerous collision. Such an incident could pose a dire threat to your safety and health and may also leave you facing various types of financial hardships. When facing similar challenges in life, it could be helpful to seek advice on what steps you can take to help safeguard your future and pursue the total amount of restitution you deserve.