Distracted driving is a common negligent driving action involving the driver taking their attention away from the road, leading to them making an error that can cause a car accident. Manual, visual, auditory, and cognitive distractions can take a driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or attention away from driving.
This lack of concentration and focus can lead to a driver missing a red light, a road obstacle, or a driver switching into their lane.
Without their full attention on the road, a driver can collide directly with another vehicle and cause severe injuries. However, some new technologies developed by car and cell phone companies can help prevent drivers from distractions that can cause distracted driving accidents.
These technologies include cell blocking technology, driver monitoring systems, and car safety features to alert drivers of lane changes and the need to brake.
What is Distracted Driving?
One of the most common causes of car accidents is distracted driving, which is when a driver’s attention is not on the road. A distraction behind the wheel is anything that takes the driver’s eyes off the road, attention away from driving, or hands off the wheel and can lead to a car accident.
The following are the four types of distractions while driving:
- Manual distractions: This distraction leads to the driver taking their hands off the wheel. For example, they may want to change the radio station or adjust their GPS. To do that, they must take their hands off the wheel, which can lead to a car accident.
- Visual distractions: A driver can lose focus when they see something distracting them from driving. Visual distractions lead to a driver looking at something other than the road in front of them. Taking their eyes off the road for a split second can lead to a driver missing another car, stop sign, traffic control signal, or road obstacle.
- Auditory distractions: This distraction is when a loud or annoying noise affects a driver’s focus. The noise can make it hard to focus on the road and lead to the driver trying to stop the noise rather than concentrating. Playing music in the car can also be an auditory distraction because the driver may be too engrossed in the music to concentrate.
- Cognitive distractions: A driver can cause a car accident when they think about something other than driving. Cognitive distractions are thoughts that take a driver’s attention away from driving, such as thinking about what they’ll eat for dinner, a task they need to complete, an argument they had, etc.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is one of the most dangerous types of negligent driving, leading to 3,522 car accident fatalities in 2021. Some common distractions that can cause car accidents include texting, talking on the phone, eating, applying makeup, engaging in a conversation, looking at a roadside attraction, and taking pictures.
Cell Phone Blocking Technology That Prevents Notifications While Driving
Many distracted drivers use their phones before causing a distracted driving accident. Phones are an important part of life today, and many believe staying away from a phone for too long can lead to them missing out on important information and conversations. However, texting, talking on the phone, sending emails, and using social media is extremely dangerous to do behind the wheel.
This danger led to phone companies designing features to mitigate drivers using their phones. Apple’s Do Not Disturb (DND) While Driving mode is a feature on Apple phones that can sense when a phone is in a moving vehicle or connected to a car’s Bluetooth. While in that situation, the user will not receive calls or text message notifications. Other apps like AT&T DriveMode and CellControl DriveID prevent phone notifications while driving.
Driver Monitoring Systems Can Track Whether a Driver is Paying Attention to the Road
Automakers like BMW and Subaru have begun putting driver monitoring systems in their cars to let the vehicle know if a driver is paying attention to the road. They have installed cameras and sensors with facial recognition software to determine whether a driver is distracted or fatigued.
With this software, the camera can track head and eye movement to ensure the driver’s eyes are on the road. The car can alert the driver if the cameras determine the driver is not paying attention to the road. Other advanced driver monitoring systems can determine if the driver’s hands are on the steering wheel.
Car Safety Features That Can Alert Drivers Of Possible Danger
A lot of modern cars also include technology that can alert a driver of danger if they are too distracted to react. Forward-collision warning technology can provide an audible alert if the car senses a vehicle in front that the driver could collide with. Automatic emergency braking is a feature that can lead to a car engaging its brakes automatically if there is danger in front of the car.
Most modern vehicles also include technology that can alert drivers to stay in the proper lane. Lane-departure warning technology can send an audible alert when a driver crosses over a lane marking without their turn signal on.
This can help a distracted driver whose car drifts into another lane while they are unfocused. Lane-keeping assist will automatically steer a car to keep it in the proper lane if it drifts into another lane without a turn signal.
How Can a Car Accident Lawyer Help You Recover Compensation for a Distracted Driving Accident?
If you were involved in a distracted driving accident, you could suffer severe injuries that can affect your life long-term. Your injuries can lead to car accident damages, such as medical bills, lost earning potential, and pain and suffering.
You could file a car accident claim to pursue compensation for car accident damages from the at-fault party’s insurance company. However, handling a car accident claim alone can be difficult without the proper experience and expertise.
Distracted driving accident victims should hire a car accident lawyer. They can help with many steps of the process and advise you based on their past experiences. Some ways a car accident lawyer can help with the claims process include determining the cost of your damages, gathering evidence to prove the at-fault party’s liability, and negotiating a fair settlement with the liable party’s insurance company.
Contact Cellino Law for Help With Your Distracted Driving Accident Claim
The car accident lawyers at Cellino Law have decades of experience helping victims of car accidents recover compensation for economic and non-economic damages. If a distracted driver strikes your car and causes you significant injuries, our car accident lawyers can use their experience to craft a legal counsel plan to put you in the best position to recover fair compensatory damages.
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