Driving is an activity that requires high levels of focus and attention. Unfortunately, not all road users take this as seriously as they should. Complacency can result in drivers becoming more susceptible to dangerous distractions.
Approximately 1,000 people are injured every day in the U.S. because of distracted driving accidents. What are some of the most common driving distractions?
Cell phones are by far the leading driving distraction. Studies indicate improper cell phone use accounts for approximately 27% of all road traffic collisions. While cell phones carry out multiple functions and people rely on them heavily, cell phone use and driving do not mix, even in a hands-free capacity.
Passengers can make a journey seem much less tedious. The driver can hold conversations with them and stay alert. Nonetheless, passengers can distract the driver if conversations become too heavy. Kids can also become a distraction if they begin to misbehave. For young children, it can benefit the driver to complete the journey in short stages with rest breaks.
Lost in thought
Not all distractions involve the use of devices or the presence of other occupants. When a driver is angry, tired or stressed, then their mind is elsewhere. “Lost in thought” distractions account for a significant number of accidents every year.
While you can take steps to limit your distractions, you can’t control the conduct of other people. Distracted driving is a form of negligent behavior and it can result in serious injuries. If you were injured in a collision, be sure to look into your personal injury claim options.