4 causes of distracted driving

On Behalf of | Oct 5, 2022 | Car Accidents |

You may be on the road every day to go to work, take your kids to school or run errands. Every time you’re on the road, you have a chance of being in an accident.

Almost four thousand people die from car crashes every day, many of whom may have suffered injuries from distracted drivers. There are many ways a driver may intentionally or unintentionally become distracted on the road. Here’s what you should know:

  1. Texting-and-driving

Many drivers text and drive, especially teens, and even a second away from the road could lead to an accident. Drivers may hear their phone ring or notification sound off while driving and reach for their phone. Taking one hand off the wheel and looking down at their phone could lower their reaction time and prevent them from turning out of the way of danger.

  1. Fast food

At any time, you could go out and grab a meal while never leaving the safety and comfort of your vehicle. Many drivers eat while they drive, often time while driving to work or between long commutes. Eating and driving may have similar distracting effects that a phone would cause, but if a drink is spilled or a meal dropped, it could cause a driver to spend more time looking away from the road.

  1. Talking to a passenger

Nearly everyone talks with their passengers while they drive. While talking and driving can seem to cut the driving time down, it may be causing drivers to pay less attention to the road, putting the driver and any passengers in danger of a serious accident.

  1. Putting on makeup

Many people rush to work, which may cause some people to skip their morning rituals. If someone forgot to put their makeup on, they may try using their rearview mirror to apply their makeup. This could lead to many issues, such as looking away from the road, impairing vision or reducing their reaction speed.

Even just a minor vehicle incident can lead to lasting effects on drivers and passengers. You may need to reach out for legal help when recovering from medical bills and losses.