Do you ever wonder how some people were able to obtain valid drivers' licenses because they appear to lack even the most basic skills needed for the safe operation of a motor vehicle? If so, you likely wouldn't be the first Georgia resident to feel as though a careless driver in your vicinity shouldn't be behind the wheel at all. There's not much you can do to change the fact that as long as you are driving, there will be cautious as well as negligent drivers in your vicinity.
The problem is that the latter places you and all motorists and pedestrians in the area at risk for injury. Many negligent drivers are distracted. In fact, manual, visual and cognitive distractions cause a high percentage of the fatal accidents that occur in this state and most others in the nation. If you survive a collision another driver's negligence has caused, you may be temporarily or permanently disabled. That's why it's critical to know the signs of distracted driving, as well as where to seek support if a crash occurs.
Steer clear of motorists exhibiting these behaviors
Some dangerous distractions may seem harmless at first, such as changing the station on a car radio. In fact, even adjusting a radio knob is enough to take your eyes off the road for several seconds, which, in certain circumstances, can be quite dangerous. The following list includes other easily avoidable driving distractions:
- Using electronic devices, such as cell phones, iPods or global positioning devices
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Looking at objects or unfolding situations on the side of the road
- Adjusting car controls such as seats, mirrors, air conditioning or heating
- Reaching for objects inside a vehicle
If you are able, it is best to create as much distance between yourself and another driver who appears to be distracted. If you witness someone texting or talking on a cellphone while driving, for instance, it is a clear sign that he or she is not paying attention to the task at hand, thus placing you and anyone else nearby in great danger.
Not all distractions are apparent
Daydreaming in a major distraction that often leads to serious motor vehicle accidents. How can you tell if another driver is lost in thought? Chances are, you can't. While you may be alert and as cautious as possible while driving, there could be little to nothing you can do if a daydreaming driver slams into your vehicle.
Your main priority following a car accident is obtaining medical attention. During your recovery, you may encounter other needs as well, including many associated with the financial strain prompted by the incident. Georgia law allows you to seek restitution by means of filing a personal injury civil claim for your losses when another driver's negligence has caused your injuries and pain and suffering.