What Are Some Physical Driving Distractions Beyond Cell Phones?
While cellphones and other digital devices can distract drivers, there are other forms of distracted driving as well. Unfortunately, accidents happen every day because drivers take their attention off the road. There are even examples of drivers physically moving their body out of their driving position. When this happens, it may be referred to as a physical driving distraction.
Distracted drivers are dangerous drivers. If you were hurt in a Florida car crash, talk to a Florida personal injury lawyer about your injuries and any bills incurred. When another was negligent, you should not have to shoulder all of the expenses and stress on your own. With a skilled lawyer on your side, you can build a strong compensation claim.
Activities that Can Be Physical Distractions
When a driver shifts or twists their body away from the standard driving position, they may be participating in an activity that is a physical distraction. This can occur on any road.
Plus, mental distractions can shift focus as well. Drivers who are thinking of another event, may not notice road risks, they may not be able to assess dangers quickly or effectively. When physical and mental distractions are present, car accidents are possible.
Possible distractions include the following:
- Unwrapping and eating food items.
- Drinking a beverage or trying to manage a beverage that is too hot or too cold.
- Trying to find something on the passenger seat or floor of the vehicle.
- Applying cosmetics, such as lipstick or eyeshadow.
- Paying attention to events happening in stores or along the sidewalk.
- Talking or fighting with others in the car.
- Adjusting the dashboard controls, such as reprogramming a radio.
- Looking at advertising signs for an extended period.
- Mulling over an emotional event or experience.
- Being pulled into a story on the radio or focusing on a podcast.
If a person is not focused when driving, accidents can happen and injuries are possible. See a doctor as soon as possible after a wreck to have your health assessed. Then, connect with a Florida personal injury lawyer to learn about your compensation options.
Pay Attention and Ignore Distractions
Focus is essential for drivers. Because some people drive daily, they can trick themselves into thinking they can safely multitask when navigating Florida roads. In reality, accidents happen quickly, paying attention is key.
When a person wants to unwrap a bagel or reprogram a car radio, pulling over is best. Trying to do another activity while in a moving vehicle is dangerous. If a risk suddenly is present, the driver who is physically distracted may not have time to react.
Are you suffering after a distracted driver hit you on a Florida street? Talk to an experienced attorney as soon as possible to strengthen your case. When another is negligent, you are not responsible for all of the fees connected to an accident. With over 100 years of combined experience, the personal injury lawyers at Roman & Roman will help you to understand your rights. Schedule your free consultation today in Clearwater, Hudson, and Tampa.