California drivers like you understand what a risk distracted driving poses. All motorists end up affected because of dangerous drivers. But motorcyclists are more at risk than other types of vehicles.
This is because motorcyclists have less protection. Even with helmets or padding, a motorcyclist does not have the same protection. This can result in worse injuries and more fatalities.
Three types of driver distractions
The National Safety Council discusses the various dangers associated with distracted driving. They also discuss some of the most dangerous distracted driving behaviors. First, we must understand the categories that these behaviors fall under. There are visual, physical and cognitive distractions. Visual distractions take your eyes from the road. Physical distractions remove your hands from the wheel. Cognitive distractions take your mind off of the task at hand.
The riskiest forms of distraction
There are certain types of distractions that create more risk than others. For example, physical distractions include changing your thermometer or the radio station. While this is a distraction, it is also something you can do quickly. It is not likely to create much problem for you.
But what if you drop something on the floor? What if you let go of the wheel to pick it up? This can result in an almost immediate crash that you do not see coming. Likewise, glancing away from the road for a moment may not create much of a problem for you. But turning to talk to someone in your back seat can.
Understand that the higher the risk, the more damage there is. For motorcyclists, this could mean the difference between injury and death.