You have likely heard how dangerous distracted driving is. You may even do the responsible thing and put your phone away while behind the wheel or turn it off until you reach your destination.
While this is a great first step in ending distracted driving, it’s important to note that your phone isn’t the only (or most deadly) distraction in your vehicle.
If you are driving with other people in the vehicle, there is a real possibility that they will distract you and be the cause of an accident that causes harm and damage to you, your property, and others.
Friends, children and more are serious distractions when you drive
As mentioned above, one of the most common distractions to you while you are driving is passengers. The passengers that tend to be the most distracting and, therefore, the most dangerous include:
- Young children
- Adult passengers
With this information, it’s clear that some of the most distracted people on the road today are parents. It could be that they are trying to placate a crying baby or reach for a toy dropped by a toddler – all these actions are distracting and have the potential to cause a serious accident. Unfortunately, it’s hard for parents to ignore their kids as they drive, which makes this an even more dangerous situation.
Unfortunately, other adults in your vehicle can also be a huge source of distraction. This is especially true if they are trying to tell you how to drive, arguing with you or engaging in other distracting behaviors.
Protecting your rights after being involved in an accident with a distracted driver
If you are involved in an accident with a distracted driver, you have rights. One right is to recover compensation for your injuries and losses. Make sure you document the scene and seek medical attention to protect your right to this compensation.