Distracted driving is one of the largest causes of motor vehicle accidents. In many cases, there were preventable accidents if only the driver hadn’t been distracted moments before the event. In 2019, over 400,000 people were injured from distracted driving and over 3,000 lives were fatally taken.
The amount of distracted driving accidents often leads people to question how they happen and how to prevent them in the future. Here’s what you may be wondering:
#1. Why is texting and driving bad?
There isn’t just one cause for distracted driving accidents. In most cases, however, texting and driving is one of the leading causes of distracted driving accidents. This is because phones, whether it’s being used to text or talk, can take attention away from the road. Drivers often have to take one hand off the wheel to text and this can reduce the ability to prevent an accident.
Drivers should consider turning off their phones while driving. For some people, it may be beneficial to place their phone in a bag or the glovebox to reduce any pressure to look at their phone.
#2. Can pets lead to distracted driving?
Surprisingly, many pets have caused distracted driving accidents. Cats and dogs don’t understand how much concentration is needed to drive. As a result, some pets have distracted their owners by seeking attention. Pet owners may need to consider placing their pets in a harness or cage when taking them on car rides.
#3. Should you eat while driving?
Contrary to popular belief, people shouldn’t eat while driving, despite how many restaurants offer drive-thru services. Eating and driving can be just as dangerous as texting and driving, if not more. A meal or drink could easily spill while driving, distracting the driver. Or, grease from a burger may make it harder for the driver to grip their wheel, resulting in reduced control over their vehicle.
#4. Is it ok to play music while driving?
Every car has a radio and most modern cars allow people to sync their phones to their cars. While many people find this an enjoyable luxury, music can be distracting. Changing the music or station may require the use of one hand that’s needed on the wheel.
If you’re in an accident with a distracted driver, you may need to understand your legal rights when seeking compensation for your injuries and losses.