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Avoid distracting behavior behind the wheel

One of the most significant safety threats on Montana roads is distracted driving. When a driver is not paying attention to what he or she is doing, it can significantly increase the chance of an accident happening. It is the duty of each driver to make sure he or she is paying adequate attention to what is going on at all times while behind the wheel.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately nine people die in distraction-related accidents every day. Thousands suffer injuries each week in collisions caused by inattentive driving, and these are all preventable accidents. It may be helpful to learn about the types of distracted driving, why they are dangerous and how you can stay as safe as reasonably possible while on the road.

Types of distracting behavior

Distracted driving is a term used to describe anything that takes a driver's attention off the road. Even a moment of distraction can result in devastating consequences. The three main types of distracted driving include the following: 

  • Things that take a driver's mental focus off driving, such as daydreaming, talking on the phone or even listening to a passenger in the backseat can cause the mind to wander. This is cognitive distraction.
  • Holding a phone, texting, eating a burger or even adjusting the radio requires a driver to remove one or both hands from the wheel. This is manual distraction, and it can happen even when a driver has eyes on the road.
  • When a driver is looking at anything besides the road, such as a text message, the radio dial or a billboard on the side of the interstate, it takes the driver's eyes off the road. This is visual distraction

Using a phone, texting or scrolling social media can be especially dangerous because these actions combine multiple types of distraction at once. Cell phones are one of the leading sources of distracted driving.

What can you do?

It is the responsibility of each driver to avoid behaviors that can lead to distracted driving. Even if you are a safe and responsible driver, you could still suffer harm because of the negligent or reckless choices of another motorist. A distracted Montana driver may cause an accident that leaves you with painful injuries and significant damage to your personal property.

It may be appropriate for you to move forward with a personal injury claim after a distracted driving accident. It is possible to hold the liable parties accountable by seeking recompense for both economic losses and non-economic damages.

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