Over the last decade, distracted driving has become one of the most common
causes of car accidents in the United States. According to several sources,
distracted driving is involved in 25 percent in all fatal collisions.
When it comes to fatal crashes, teens are the largest age group to engage
in distracted driving—with the common form of distraction being
texting while driving.
There are three main types of distraction: visual distraction, manual distraction,
and cognitive distraction. Visual distractions involve taking your eyes
off the road, manual distractions entail removing your hands from the
steering wheel, and cognitive distractions mean your attention is not
focused on the task of operating the vehicle.
Since distracted driving has become just as dangerous as operating a vehicle
will impair or intoxicated, driving schools and organizations have taken
into account distractions when it comes to defensive driving techniques.
Defensive driving requires anticipation that the other drivers will commit
unexpected errors which result in an accident. By preparing for those
mistakes, we can avoid being a crash victim.
Created by David L. Strayer and Donald L. Fisher, the SPIDER method was
introduced in 2015. SPIDER identifies key cognitive processes which are
impaired when drivers are distracted.
The following is a breakdown of the SPIDER acronym:
Scanning for potential threats
Predicting where threats may come from
Identifying visible threats
Deciding whether to act or what actions to take
Responses to those threats
Essentially, defensive driving requires drivers to have complete focus
when completing these series of cognitive tasks. Vigilance entails keeping
an eye on other drivers and even pedestrians while driving on the roads
and waiting for the light to turn green on an intersection.
If you have suffered an injury in a car accident caused by a distracted
driver in Arizona, our Phoenix personal injury attorneys at Montoya, Lucero
& Pastor, P.A. are committed to maximizing the compensation you deserve
to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We can investigate
the collision, collect evidence, negotiate with insurance adjusters, and
hold the other party accountable for your injuries.
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