In our last post, we used our experience as auto injury attorneys to look at the dangers of distracted driving through a scenario that happens every day of the week. Our driver, Jeff, a busy working single dad picking his son up from school, has many things in common with every one of us that take to the streets every day. He’s extremely busy. He has conflicting responsibilities at home and at work. He loves his son and goes out of his way to let him know how much he loves him. Sound like anyone you know? The names and gender may be different, but the situation is very familiar. We all try to squeeze more activity into less time.
In this particular case, the driver was fortunate in that he didn’t cause an auto injury or an accident. Let’s think for a second just how lucky he was by looking at how many distractions he had in the car at the time of the accident. None of the distractions were horrible things in and of themselves. In fact, one distraction, Jarick, even saved his bacon, by alerting him to the stopped car ahead.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration breaks distracted driving into three categories: visual, manual, and cognitive. A visual distraction takes the driver’s eyes off the road, a manual distraction takes the driver’s hand(s) off the wheel, and a cognitive distraction takes the driver’s mind off the task of driving.
Can you name and categorize each of Jeff’s distractions? We will discuss the answers and their implications to all of us in the next post.