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Major Causes of Distracted Driving Accidents

Distracted driving is among one of the top causes of motor vehicle accidents across the country. While many of us might associate distracted driving with cell phone use, the truth is that one can engage in this dangerously bad habit in many different ways. Essentially, any activity you partake in that requires your attention while operating a motor vehicle is a form of distracted driving.

Below is a list of some of the most common causes of distracted driving:

  • Talking and texting: According to the National Safety Council, 26% of all car crashes involve the use of cell phones. Even a quick glance at a text or an email can lead to an accident, so save your calls, texts, and other phone-related tasks for later. If something is truly an emergency that requires your immediate attention, pull over some place safe and address it. No matter how important that call or text is, nothing is worth risking your life over.
  • Using a GPS: Many of us are immensely dependent on GPS devices and would otherwise get lost without them. Of course, you do not have to swear off using a GPS to be a safer driver, but you should absolutely set up your GPS before you ever get started on your trip. This includes adjusting its position on its mounting and turning up the volume enough so you can listen to instructions rather than having to look at the display.
  • Adjusting your music or other controls: Did a song start playing that you absolutely loathe? It might not seem like a big deal to sift through your playlist or change a radio station, but this simple act still takes away part of your attention away from driving. If music is a big deal for your trips, put together a playlist at home that you can listen to all the way through and make sure the temperature in the car is comfortable to avoid having to fiddle around with it later.
  • Applying makeup or grooming: Not everyone has the time to look their best before they leave their home, but that does not mean you should try to finish the job while driving to your destination. Applying lipstick, brushing your hair, and making sure you look just right can all be done once you are safely parked.
  • Talking to passengers: It might not feel right to drive without conversing with your passenger, but getting engaged in a conversation while driving is a major source of distraction and can easily lead to an accident. If you really feel the need to chat, try to keep the conversation light and never take your eyes off the road.
  • Handling children and pets: Driving with a pet loose in your vehicle is not safe for you or your pet, but unfortunately, lots of people do it. If you are traveling with a pet, make sure it is kept in a carrier to avoid distractions and to ensure it does not get knocked around if you have to make any swift movements to avoid a road obstacle. As for children, they are going to try to get your attention and yell or scream. It is important that you maintain focus on the road and, if something requires your attention and cannot wait, pull over to a safe area to take care of it.
  • Zoning out: We have all daydreamed before, but doing it while on the road is a big no-no. Your eyes might be on the road, but with your mind elsewhere, you are basically driving on autopilot, which can lead to a serious accident.

If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by a distracted driver, you need to hire an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure you recover the compensation you deserve.

Personal Injury Attorneys in Oneonta

Car accidents happen every day, often resulting in serious, life-changing injuries. You should not have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. If you suffered injuries in an accident that was caused by a distracted driver, reach out to the experienced car accident attorneys at Scarzafava, Basdekis & Dadey, PLLC in Oneonta for the exceptional legal representation you need to obtain the fair and just compensation you deserve.

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