Defective auto parts, poor weather, drunk drivers – there are countless factors that can cause an accident. However, driver error contributes to more than 90 percent of all crashes, and many of these collisions involve distractions.
As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains, there are three types of driver distractions:
- Physical distractions;
- Mental distractions;
- And visual distractions.
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Read on for a brief overview of the three categories of driver distractions:
- Physical Distractions
- Eating and drinking;
- And adjusting the air conditioner.
- Mental Distractions
Drivers who are not alert behind the wheel may not notice hazards in time to react. You may be able to avoid mental distractions by getting plenty of sleep and turning off your smartphone before you hit the road.
- Visual Distractions
What to Do after a Crash with a Distracted Driver
Your top priority after any accident is to seek medical attention. Call the police immediately. They will contact the necessary emergency services, and an officer will compile a police report.
If possible, take photographs of the crash scene. Try to capture pictures that show the positions of vehicles, skid marks, injuries, property damage, the weather, and traffic signs. Use the timestamp function on your phone to record the time and date.
Gather the contact and insurance information of all drivers involved. You should also record the contact details of eyewitnesses.
Visit a doctor as soon as possible. Then, contact an accident attorney to discuss your legal options.
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