Distracted Driving and Motorcycle Accidents
While is a danger to everyone on the road, motorcyclists are put at a particularly high risk of injury by inattentive drivers. Not only are they more difficult to spot due to their smaller size, they have a significantly elevated at risk of sustaining a serious injury in the event that they are hurt in an accident. For this reason, it is important for the motorcyclist to be on the lookout for distracted drivers and take steps to minimize their risk of being involved in an accident caused by drivers who are not paying attention to their surroundings.
According to many observers, distracted driving is a growing problem. With the advent of texting and driving, GPS navigation systems, and the myriad functions smartphones can perform, there are more opportunities for a driver to be distracted than ever. In addition, the distractions that have existed since the first driver got behind the wheel still affect drivers on a daily basis.
Three Types of Distracted Driving
- Manual distractions, which involve taking your hands from the wheel
- Visual distractions, which occur when you look away from the road
- Cognitive distractions, which happen when you think about things other than driving
- Certain types of distractions, such as texting, combine all three forms of distraction, making them particularly dangerous
Distractions Do Not Have to Involve a Smartphone
In recent years, lawmakers have focused on passing legislation that limits the way that drivers use their smartphones while they drive. While it is certainly true that browsing the internet, checking email, or texting is extremely distracting, there are many other distractions that have nothing to do with modern technology. Some of these include the following:
- Eating while driving
- Adjusting the radio
- Talking on the phone, even with an earpiece
- Putting on makeup
- Reading a map
- Speaking with passengers
- Looking for items in the vehicle
These are just a few of the activities that could distract a driver to the point where he or she was unaware of the presence of a nearby motorcycle or a stop sign or stop light ahead. From the perspective of a victim, what is important to understand is that individuals injured by distracted drivers can generally recover compensation for their losses. For this reason, if you believe you have been injured by a distracted driver, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
Call a Clearwater Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Case
At the Dolman Law Group, we are committed to representing the rights of motorcyclists who have been hurt by the negligence of others. Our team of experienced Clearwater motorcycle accident attorneys has the skill and experience required to get you the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at 727-451-6900 or send us an email through our online contact form.
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