Colorado drivers are tempted by distractions every time they get behind the wheel. Between regular technological advances and increased pressure to multitask to save time, drivers might choose to eat a snack, answer email or make phone calls all while attempting to safely operate a motor vehicle. Drivers sharing the road with them could possibly spot and avoid these unsafe activities.
Be on the lookout for four types of distracted driving clues when traveling along city streets and highways:
- Drivers on the phone: Drivers are increasingly restricted as to how they’re legally allowed to use a cell phone while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, drivers still break these rules. If you see a driver on the phone, be aware that their full attention is not on the road in front of them.
- Drivers who are eating: Whether it is breakfast on the way to class or dinner on the way home after a long shift at work, drivers have eaten behind the wheel for decades. Unfortunately, this activity not only pulls a driver’s attention from the road, but their hands and eyes at times.
- Drivers who gaze at the passenger seat: This might be a harder action to identify, but it is not uncommon for drivers to notice other drivers who seem distracted by something in the passenger seat. It could be a cell phone text conversation, a movie player, a bag of chips or a magazine, but something is clearly pulling their attention from the task at hand – safe driving.
- Drivers with several passengers in the car: While passengers are common, drivers should be aware of cars with significant numbers of vehicle occupants as this activity can be distracting.
Distraction while driving can be deadly as these activities pull focus and attention from the road. Often, these activities can be broken in down by category: manual distractions, visual distractions and cognitive distractions. Drivers who are looking away from the potential danger around them might not recognize stopped traffic, warning signs or hazardous road conditions.
Distracted drivers can cause violent vehicle collisions resulting in severe injuries such as brain trauma, spinal cord damage, broken bones, paralysis or amputation. Do not hesitate to seek legal guidance regarding your possible monetary compensation after a motor vehicle accident.