Driving is a routine activity for millions of people across the U.S. Although it feels easier with experience, there is never any room for complacency because the consequences of an accident can be severe.
Unfortunately, some drivers allow their attention to drift elsewhere while on the road. Driving distractions account for thousands of injuries every year. What are the most common forms of driving distractions?
Cellphones and other electronic devices
These are by far the most common forms of driving distractions They can be used for making and receivingcalls, sending or receiving texts and even playing games while driving. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), cellphone use is cited in around 27% of all road traffic collisions.
Thus, it’s important that drivers to ignore their phones. Even a few seconds looking at a screen rather than the road can result in a devastating crash.
A journey, particularly a long one, can feel tedious if you’re alone. Having a passenger can be a positive as long as they do not become a distraction. It’s important that the driver sets some ground rules. The car isn’t a place for heated debates or conversations that require a lot of focus. Additionally, children need to know that they have to behave in the vehicle. If a driver begins to become distracted by passengers, it’s important that they pull over and reinforce the rules.
These are just two of the more common forms of driving distractions. Eating and drinking, driving while angry, smoking and changing radio stations are some others that warrant consideration. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation. By seeking legal guidance, you have a better chance of maximizing your claim.