Distracted driving endangers those on the road as well as those in the vehicle with the distracted driver. Drivers using handheld devices are more likely to get into a serious crash than those whose attention is taken away from the road by other types of distractions. But, if you think using a phone or hand-held device is the only way to be distracted, you may be surprised at just how many distractions are waiting for you.
While it isn’t the biggest contributing factor to distracted driving, smoking is a participant. Smoking can take your eyes away from the road, your hands off the wheel and even your mind away from the primary task of driving. Also, if you accidentally drop the cigarette while driving, you could take your eyes and hands away from driving for several seconds – long enough to cause a fatal accident.
Today’s vehicles are sophisticated and meant to make driving as comfortable as possible – but that comfort can be distracting. From navigation systems to automatic seats, all of the vehicle controls you have to use can quickly distract you from the actual task of driving.
Eating and/or Drinking
It is estimated that two percent of distracted drivers were eating or drinking something at the time of their fatal crash. While you may feel a morning pit stop to get your breakfast keeps you efficient, avoid it. Eating requires more cognitive abilities than you might realize and often takes your mind, eyes and hands away from the road.
Reaching for Something
Reaching for a device or for a moving object in the vehicle is extremely distracting. It can force you to take your eyes as well as your hands off the road as you seek out the item. When reaching, you may also accidentally veer in the direction you reach – taking you out of your lane and possibly into another vehicle.
Friends make for good company – except when you’re driving. Friends and passengers in the vehicle can easily distract you, especially if you engage in an in-depth conversation with them. Conversations and the distractions that passengers bring are common causes of fatal distracted driving accidents.
Whether they are hand-held or hands-free, cellphones are one of the leading causes of distracted driving still to this day. Even with the harsh bans on texting and driving, drivers continue to use their smartphones despite the risks. Text messaging is by far the most dangerous action and accounts for a large majority of distracted driving accidents. Other actions such as updating social media, checking status, dialing a number and talking can quickly distract a person.
Daydreaming is often more dangerous than cellphone use. Your mind can quickly wander off, and while you are lost in thought, you are no longer thinking about the road. Reaction times are often delayed and some drivers never see hazards coming their way.
Injured by a Distracted Driver? Contact a Tampa Car Accident Attorney
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