April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and yet, while many people are aware that distracted driving exists, they stubbornly fail to see how they contribute to the problem.
This month offers a wonderful opportunity to reassess how you drive and to make adjustments that can help keep you, your passengers, and everyone else on the road safe from harm.
What Constitutes “Distraction”?
There are three types of distraction that can increase the risk of causing a motor vehicle accident:
- Visual Distraction. Taking your eyes off of the road
- Manual Distraction. Taking your hands off of vehicle operational controls
- Taking your mind off of the task of driving
Nearly all types of distraction are a combination of these. For example, cellphone use requires manual, visual, and cognitive attention. The attention being paid to the phone is not being paid to the road. This is an easy example. So too are things like eating and drinking, personal grooming, looking for a radio station, searching the floor for a dropped item, and so much more.
It is easy to spot distraction. If you are driving and you are doing anything that is not directly related to operating the vehicle, you are distracted. And even a moment’s distraction can result in serious or fatal injury. In fact, the National Safety Council reports that more than 700 motor vehicle accidents occur every day due to distraction. Countless more likely have distraction as a contributing factor, even when it is not identified.
Victims Deserve Justice
Distraction is not always identified as a factor in motor vehicle accidents, but it is often there. An investigation performed by a qualified law firm can help to uncover this and all other potential causes, helping to establish liability and working towards the most comprehensive settlement.
Leventhal Sar Law is committed to helping victims of serious injury get justice. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you, listen to your case, and help you decide on the best path forward.
Please call us at 720-667-3030 to schedule your free consultation today. Located in Cherry Creek, we serve all Metro Denver communities and surrounding areas of Colorado.