Do you find yourself on the road during the morning and evening rush hour periods? If so, you know that sitting in traffic is a way of life. You also know that some drivers don't care what is happening around them, which can lead to distracted and aggressive driving and an increased likelihood of an accident.
As a commuter, you're at risk of being involved in an accident with a distracted driver. During rush hour, many people look to keep themselves occupied. For example, they're sitting in stop-and-go traffic so they decide to kill time by checking their email.
The worst thing about a distracted driving accident is that you can't typically do anything to stop it from happening. Yes, you can make sure you're always paying attention to the road, but this doesn't affect the behavior of other drivers. If they want to become distracted, there's no stopping them.
Fortunately, you do have control over yourself. This means you can make decisions that improve your safety, such as avoiding the following types of distracted driving:
- Visual distraction. A visual distraction takes your eyes off the road. An example would be turning around to check on a child while you're driving down the highway.
- Cognitive distraction. As the name implies, a cognitive distraction takes your mind off of driving. This can include everything from talking to other passengers to listening to the radio.
- Manual distraction. There is never a good time to take one or both hands off the wheel. If you do, you're increasing the chance of causing an accident. Drivers often look away to answer the phone, send a text message or adjust a GPS system.
Every type of distracted driving is serious, since it only takes one mistake to cause an accident that can harm you and many other people forever.
If you find yourself involved in an accident as you commute to or from the office, do these three things:
- Move your car to safety.
- Call for an ambulance.
- Receive medical treatment for every injury you've suffered.
Once you do these things, you can then learn more about your legal rights. For example, you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation from the distracted driver who caused the accident.