When you see a driver on his or her phone, you know they’re distracted. Accidents caused by distraction have soared since the invention of the smartphone, and it’s clear that this device is fairly unsafe for people to have in the car with them.
But don’t make the mistake of assuming that phones are the only causes of distraction. There are many things that can draw a person’s attention away from the road, and they can also lead to serious accidents.
Other forms of distraction
To help you understand the risks you face when you share the road with these dangerous drivers, here are a few common distractions that have nothing to do with your phone:
- Adjusting the mirrors or the seats
- Eating food or drinking a beverage
- Picking the music for the drive
- Trying to read a map
- Turning to talk to passengers
- Dealing with pets or children
- Listening to loud music
Drivers even get distracted by things outside of the vehicle. There are plenty of examples of people looking at accident scenes as they drive by, and then causing a second accident because they’re not watching where they are going. Another example is if someone is trying to read a billboard before they go past or if they’re reading road signs to find the next turn.
Can you seek compensation?
You may need compensation if another driver injures you. Did you know that Nevada has a Statue of Limitations and that if you were in an accident or injured in the last two years you could be compensated? Make sure you know what steps to take to claim the compensation you are due.