Distracted driving is an ongoing problem in our country, and it does not appear to be going away any time soon. Drivers confront numerous distractions every day, but they create some of these issues on their own. What distracted the driver who ran into the back of your car?
The rear-end collision
Let us say you are sitting at an intersection waiting for the light to change when your car is rear-ended. The impact causes you to strike your head on the steering wheel. You figure you are going to have a big goose egg on your forehead, but you seem to be all right otherwise.
Three types of distraction
Distraction in terms of driving falls into three main categories:
- Manual, which involves taking your hands off the steering wheel
- Cognitive, which refers to taking your mind off the driving effort
- Visual, which is common and involves taking your eyes off the road
The dangers of multitasking
Texting is high on the list of driving distractions, along with using a cell phone to talk to someone or check a social media site. However, there are numerous other distractions, many of which, like using a cell phone, become part of a multitasking activity. For example, you continue to drive while reading, applying makeup, eating, drinking, reaching into the back seat for something or fiddling with your GPS system. Meanwhile, an accident may be waiting to happen, and it could only take seconds.
What to expect
You may be able to walk away from the rear-end collision, but you should seek medical care promptly for that bump to your head. The state of your health is the most important consideration, but a doctor’s report will also tie any injuries you may have to the car crash. With this report in hand, your legal team will focus on gathering evidence. Whether the driver was texting, drinking a soda or reaching for something on the floor, the cause of the rear-ender will come to light, and you will be entitled to full and fair compensation to cover your medical expenses and more.