Top Causes of Distracted Driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 were injured in auto accidents involving distracted drivers in 2015. On average, that is over eight people getting killed and 1,161 injured in distracted driving accidents each day in the United States.
However, what causes us to be distracted while driving in the first place? The following are the most common causes of distracted driving:
- Cellphone usage – Whether you are engaged in a conversation over the phone or texting while driving, using a cellphone while operating a vehicle is the most common reason why distracted driving accidents occur over the past decade. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds, which is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed if you are going 55 mph.
- Talking to passengers – Other people in the vehicle can cause you to take your attention away from driving, especially when you are involved in a debate or an argument.
- Eating or drinking – In order to cut time, people often consume food while driving. Unfortunately, having a burger or drink in your hand can hinder your reaction time in the event of an unexpected incident on the road, resulting in a collision.
- Grooming – Similar to eating or drinking, people often brush their teeth or apply their makeup while driving to minimize the time they need to either get to work or get dressed for an important event.
- Using devices in your vehicle – Surprising, switching the radio station or checking your GPS can also result in an accident.
If you suffered a serious injury due to being involved in a car crash caused by a distracted driver, contact The Pittman Firm, P.A. and schedule a free consultation with a Florida personal injury lawyer today.