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Car Accident Causes: Distractions and Inexperience

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teen driver distracted by passengerIn continuing our education of some of the most common causes of car accidents, we want to break down two more problems on the road: distractions and inexperience. In many situations, these two problems relate, especially among the younger drivers.

Signs of Distractions

Distracted driving typically includes three main forms: visual, manual, and cognitive distractions. Visual distractions take the driver’s eyes off the road. Manual distractions take the driver’s hand off the steering wheel. And cognitive distractions take the driver’s focus off the road. Each of these play a role to exhibit these signs:

  • Swerving because the driver is eating, texting, or talking on the phone
  • Slowing down because the driver is not focusing on the road
  • Erratic braking because the driver looks up from the distraction to stop suddenly

Despite the laws concerning distracted driving, many people still do things that take their focus off the road.

Signs of Inexperience

Younger drivers or those who just receive a driver’s license can have significant trouble on the road. Inexperience is a real problem if the driver doesn’t pay close attention to what they’re doing. Of course, when you combine the potential distractions, it can be even more dangerous.

Some potential signs of inexperience include:

  • Failing to indicate using a turn signal
  • Driving slower than posted speed limits or safe for traffic
  • Missing turns and merging lanes suddenly

Many teens and younger drivers also have friends as passengers, which creates even more distractions. Unfortunately, these two problems combine to create hazardous conditions for all other drivers on the road. Make sure you’re looking out for potential signs of trouble to avoid problems, such as a severe crash.

At The Gatti Law Firm, your best interests are our top priority. We’ll work on your behalf to hold the negligent party accountable and pursue the compensation you need. Our Salem car accident lawyers are ready to be your voice to obtain justice.

Call us at (503) 543-1114 today and learn more about your potential options.

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