It should come as no surprise that distracted driving is one of the leading
causes of car accidents, being involved in approximately one out of every
four incidents. The reason it’s so common is because it’s
so easy to fall into a state of distraction: everything from modern features
in our cars to our passengers to even our own minds can become our worst
enemies behind the wheel. And perhaps the most dangerous part is that
these distractions are more common than most people think. To help you
avoid these behaviors and make the roads safer, this blog will discuss
the top five ways in which drivers become distracted.
#5 – Using or Reaching for a Device: Most people are well aware of how dangerous using a cell phone can be
(more on that later), but it turns out even
reaching to pick up your phone or any other device brought into the car can increase
your risk of an accident.
#4 – Other Occupants in the Car: We’re not always driving alone. In fact, driving with other people
can be fun. However, it’s also a huge distraction. Having a conversation,
playing games, or any other behavior that involves or is caused by a passenger
has been shown to significantly increase the chances of an accident, especially
in young or inexperienced drivers.
#3 – Outside People or Events: See a friend you know on the sidewalk or a few cars over? What about a
billboard catching your eye? Giant chicken waving a sign around advertising
for a new restaurant? These are just a few examples of things outside
your car that can take your eyes (and attention) off the roads.
#2 – Cellphone use: Many people are surprised that this isn’t the leading cause of distracted
driving, especially with modern smartphones and their ability to send
and receive text messages, emails, play music, watch videos, and track
social media. The majority of states across the country have laws restricting
cell phone use, and for good reason: they’ve been shown to cause
a large number of car accidents every single year.
#1 – Lack of Mental Focus: Have you ever been lost in thought, only to snap back into reality and
realize you’re actually behind the wheel traveling at speed? Your
brain simply lost focus, which means you weren’t paying attention
to what was going on in front of you, placing you at a much greater risk
of an accident. This is
by far the most common cause of collisions and traffic fatalities from distracted driving.
What do all of these things have in common? Complacency. The fact is that
once we become experienced and good at driving, we become content to try
to add new behaviors, such as eating and drinking, listening to new music
or even books on tape (which are extremely dangerous when it comes to
keeping focus while driving). This comfort simply means you become complacent
with the risks associated with driving, and this complacency leads to
accidents. The best way to avoid them is to make sure you’re staying
as far away from these behaviors as possible.
If you have been injured by a distracted driver, call a Kingston car accident
attorney from Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C. today at (845)
340-4878 and start reviewing your legal options with a