Drivers become distracted for countless reasons, whether they are using their phone, eating on the road or talking to someone in the car. However, major life challenges often get in the way of one’s ability to stay focused on the road. For example, losing a family member, financial hardships and issues in one’s personal life can all lead to distracted driving.
Sadly, distracted drivers cause many accidents and the outcome of these crashes is devastating, in many instances. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving claimed over 2,800 lives in 2018.
Reviewing job-related problems and distracted drivers
When someone loses their job, they often have a hard time focusing on other responsibilities and tasks. Overburdened by despair, unpaid bills and the direction of their lives, some drivers have difficulty focusing on the road when they find themselves in this position. In recent months, many Americans have found themselves out of work and it is pivotal for drivers to always focus on traffic safety, regardless of what is going on in their personal and professional lives.
Reviewing other challenges that cause drivers to become distracted
From a difficult divorce to excessive anxiety resulting from criminal charges, there are many other reasons why drivers lose their mental focus behind the wheel. For example, some people are so concerned about the outcome of a custody dispute, losing a lifelong friend, handling legal issues or a host of other stressors that they have difficulty concentrating on the road.
If you were struck by a distracted driver, you need to stand up for your legal rights and consider your options (such as filing suit), regardless of the reason(s) why their mental focus was jeopardized.