When people hear the term “distracted driving”, they automatically think of a person who is sending and/or receiving text messages while driving. We all know this type of driver is dangerous, and the likelihood that a distracted driver will cause an accident is high. But there are other forms of distracted driving, and they can have just as serious consequences as the driver that texts and drives.
Other than texting while driving, some of the top causes of distracted driving that lead to accidents are:
- Playing games on a smartphone app while driving. As crazy as it sounds, it is not uncommon for drivers to play word games or use other popular gaming applications while behind the wheel. The addictive nature of most of the apps makes it hard to put down the phone, even when a person is on the highway or other streets.
- Entering an address in a GPS system. This includes using the car’s built in system, or entering a destination in another device such as a phone or portable GPS system.
- Turning around to get things out of the backseat, or to talk to backseat passengers. This includes trying to get unruly children to settle down, or simply turning around to ask a question.
- Changing radio stations or adjusting the temperature in the car.
This list is not all inclusive, and there are many other activities that fall into the category of distracted driving. The key to defining what constitutes distracted driving is to look for any activity that takes the driver’s attention away from their driving, and onto something else. In today’s fast paced world it is tempting to try and get a little work done on the morning or afternoon commute, and personal devices make this an easy choice to make. But, the better choice is to wait. The time you save by multi-tasking while driving is negligible, and not worth the risk! If you have been in an accident, call our office to find out what to do next. We can help you recover from your injuries and seek compensation for your damages.
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