As everyone is likely aware, distracted driving is dangerous driving. Texting and cellphone use while driving has become a primary concern in recent years and with good reason. Still, there are other forms of distraction that drivers engage in. Some of these distractions have been in existence for much longer than the mobile devices that cause so much trouble.
Take, for instance, listening to loud music. Of course, many of us have a favorite driving song, which we turn up whenever we hear it on the radio. There is nothing wrong with this, provided that we keep the volume to a level that still allows us to pick up the important signals of potential dangers.
However, unfortunately, too many motorists keep the volume pumped up whenever and wherever they drive. This is a bad idea as playing loud music can have several negative effects on a driver's ability to operate a motor vehicle.
Loud music could drown out such sounds as horns and sirens. Making matters worse, prolonged exposure to loud music can cause permanent hearing loss. This means some drivers will have issues even when the volume is low or off.
A driver's attention and sight can be seriously diverted when fumbling with CDs or changing the radio station. Eyes on a car stereo are eyes not looking at the road. Also, people often like to listen to or sing along with the lyrics of songs, which takes their attention from the task of driving.
Any form of distraction can lead a driver to cause a very serious accident. If you or a family member are ever the victim of a distracted driver's negligence, you will likely need compensation for damages and medical expenses. A Montana motor vehicle accident attorney may be able to help you get the recompense you are due.