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Commuters should worry about distracted drivers

It doesn't matter if you're commuting to work in the morning or heading home in the evening, you know one thing to be true: You'll be sharing the road with many other drivers.

Your goal is to get from point A to point B without incident. To improve your chance of doing so, you focus on the task at hand while obeying all the rules of the road.

While you're doing this, there are other drivers who don't take nearly as much caution. Instead, they get into the habit of multi-tasking on their way to and/or from the office. If this happens while they're behind the wheel, the chance of causing an accident is much greater.

As a commuter, you should watch out for drivers who are distracted for any reason. Here are the three primary types of distracted driving:

  • Cognitive distraction. Also known as a mental distraction, this comes about when a person is not focused on driving. Instead, he or she is focused on another task, such as searching for a favorite radio station.
  • Visual distraction. This is any type of distraction that takes a person's eyes off the road.
  • Manual distraction. This comes about when the driver takes one or both hands off the steering wheel.

Some distractions, such as texting and driving, fit into all of these categories. This is why it is one of the worst things people can do while they are behind the wheel.

It's good to know that you have full control over the decisions you make as a driver. This goes a long way in giving you peace of mind. Even so, it's a bit unsettling to think about what could be going on around you.

There is no way around your daily commute. You know you need to drive to and from work, and you must continue to do so despite the risk of being involved in an accident.

If you find yourself injured in an accident, such as one caused by a distracted driver, receive immediate medical attention and then learn more ab out your legal rights. Depending on the circumstances and your injuries, you may want to file a lawsuit in an attempt to recover compensation from the negligent party.

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