One common reason for bicycle accidents it distracted driving. Distracted driving can be dangerous in any situation but particularly for bicycle riders who can be more vulnerable on the roadways they share with cars and other vehicles.
When a bicyclist has been injured by a distracted driver, they may be able to recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages. A personal injury claim for damages can protect victims of distracted drivers.
There are several different categories of distracted driving. In addition, a variety of everyday behaviors drivers unfortunately engage in are considered distracted driving behaviors and may place bicyclists and others on the roadway in danger.
Categories of distracted driving include:
- Cognitive distraction – cognitive distraction refers to when the driver’s focus is removed from the task at hand of driving.
- Visual distraction – visual distracted refers to when the driver’s eyes are removed from the roadway.
- Manual distraction – manual distraction refers to when the driver’s hands are removed from the steering wheel.
Examples of distracted driving include:
- Cell phone use while driving;
- Adjusting a radio or navigation device while driving.
- Eating while driving;
- Grooming while driving; and
- Reading while driving.
Texting while driving is considered the most dangerous form of distracted driving because it combines all three types of distracted driving including cognitive, manual and visual into one dangerous types of distracting driving behavior. When a driver is reading a text message, their eyes are removed from the roadway for an average of 5 seconds; while traveling at 55 miles per hour, 5 seconds represents the length of a football field traveled without looking at the road.
Distracted drivers can cause bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and car accidents. Personal injury legal resources provide protections to injured bicycle accident victims and other victims and serve as a remedy to help them recover compensation for their damages from a negligent driver responsible for them.