If someone were to ask you what the person next to you is thinking, you might be able to take a good guess but would have no way of knowing for sure. Similarly, when you are driving on Pennsylvania roads, you may recognize signs of potential problems but can never be 100 percent certain what another driver is thinking at any given moment.
Distracted driving causes thousands of deaths in this state and others every year. You may experience a situation where you narrowly escape collision because you notice a car weaving in its lane, so you safely create distance between your vehicle and that one. That's not always possible, however, and if another driver is distracted, you may wind up being the one to suffer.
Distractions that often cause collisions
If you are busy watching a roadside scene unfold instead of looking at the road ahead while driving, you place yourself and other motorists and pedestrians nearby at great risk for injury. You may be cautious and alert at the wheel, but if someone else exhibits any of the following driving behaviors, you are still at risk:
- Visual distractions occur in situations like the above example. Any driver who is looking at someone or something other than the road ahead is visually distracted and at risk for collision.
- A manual distraction is equally dangerous but involves the hands rather than the eyes. You may not think it a big deal to change radio stations while you drive, but this is one of the most common types of manual distractions that often causes serious car accidents.
- What you are thinking while you drive also plays a significant role in your safety and the safety of those around you. Alcohol and drugs can severely impair cognitive ability but so can daydreaming or multitasking while driving.
If a distracted driver hits you, it is critical that you receive immediate medical attention. If your injuries are serious enough that you lose consciousness, your well-being will be left solely in the hands of rescue workers and medical professionals at least for the time being. The emotional, economic and physical suffering caused by distracted driving collisions often prompt long, arduous recoveries.
You may be entitled to compensation
If another driver's distraction is directly responsible for your injury, you may be able to recover your financial losses in court. There is no reason a recovering accident victim should have to bear the full financial burden associated with the expenses that result from a collision when another driver's negligence was the cause.