Distracted driving is too common these days. It seems like almost anywhere you go, you will see drivers who are on the phone, eating or fiddling with something in the vehicle. No matter how quick or how seemingly small the distraction, there is a chance that it will lead to a crash.
A lot of people don’t realize just how much distractions can impact driving abilities. They might think they are safe drivers despite the fact that they are chatting away with passengers, driving over the speed limit, or talking on the phone. Here are some points to know about distracted driving:
Different types of distractions
Distractions come in many different forms. In the most basic sense, anything that causes you to take your eyes or attention off the road or your hands off the wheel is a distraction. This can include grabbing a bite to eat, putting on makeup, texting, talking on the phone, setting a navigation system, or talking to other passengers. It also includes getting lost in your thoughts or daydreaming. In all of those cases, the driver might cause an accident due to the distraction.
Distracting driving crashes are becoming more common, despite states across the country passing laws forbidding specific distractions, such as using a cellphone while driving. The issue is that many people think they are safe drivers, but they are actually doing things that are very unsafe.
In one survey, 96 percent of drivers said they were safe. In that same survey, 56 percent of respondents noted that they do use a cellphone while they are driving. In that same survey, it was found that 42 percent of respondents didn’t consider driving 10 miles per hour over the speed limit as speeding.
Car crashes can lead to serious or fatal injuries. The issue with distracted driving is that is a preventable cause of crashes. Everdrive found that drivers average one phone call per trip for an average of .4 miles for every 11 miles driven. This is ample opportunity for there to be an accident that could have been avoided if the driver had given his or her full attention to the road.
For the victims of distracted driving crashes, feeling angry about the accident is normal. They might not be able to believe that they are suffering so much because someone felt the need to reply right away to a text, answer a call, or do something else related to selfish and insignificant desires while driving.