Distracted driving one of the most common causes of vehicle collisions in Maryland, and yet it is completely preventable. Many people equate the term “distracted driving” with phone use. However, while phone use is a form of distracted driving, there are so many other behaviors that could also be considered to be a distraction when driving.

If you have been involved in a car accident in Maryland and you believe that distracted driving was a contributory factor, it is important that you are aware of the many types of distractions when driving a vehicle.

Cognitive distractions

Drivers need to have mental clarity and focus in order to drive safely. In an ideal situation, drivers should be alert, well-rested and focused before getting behind the wheel. It can be dangerous to drive when feeling emotionally unstable. If a person is feeling angry, distressed or otherwise upset, this can affect their thoughts and they will ultimately become distracted by their own emotional state. Unfortunately, many people become involved in car accidents when they are feeling distressed or upset.

Visual distractions

Drivers need to keep their eyes on the road at all times. Hazards can appear with very little warning, so if a driver turns around for even a split-second, the situation can become dangerous.

Auditory distractions

Auditory distractions such as children speaking in the background can, unfortunately, be unavoidable. Driving can be made safer by limiting auditory distractions such as hands-free phone calls, conversations and music whenever it is possible.

Manual distractions

Drivers need to have their hands free to operate the vehicle at all times when driving. This is why eating or drinking while driving can have the potential to lead to disastrous consequences. If a driver is holding a coffee while driving and they need to react quickly to a hazard, their response time will significantly decrease, since they will only have one hand immediately available.

If you have been involved in a Maryland collision, it is important to consider the various factors that could have contributed to the incident. You may want to take action to ensure that fault is established correctly, and to do this you should have a good understanding of the law.