One of the major causes of
car accident injuries and deaths is
distracted driving. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 25% to 30% of motor vehicle
collision fatalities are a result of driver distractions.
The following are the three main types of distraction:
- Visual – When your eyes are off the road
- Manual – When your hands are off the steering wheel
- Cognitive – When your mind is not focused on the primary task of
operating a vehicle
In general, distracted driving is driving while doing another activity
which takes your attention away from operating your vehicle. In most cases,
complacency causes many drivers to feel that they can take their eyes
and mind off the road. Drivers tend to get comfortable while behind the
wheel and often forget just how dangerous driving can be, resulting in
The following are the most common causes of distracted driving:
Cellphone usage – Whether it is talking to someone over the phone, texting someone,
or checking your social media platforms, cellphones can distract us in
various ways. Taking your eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for
only a few seconds can significantly hinder your reaction time in the
event of a surprise incident on the road.
Outside event, object, or person – Looking at something outside your cars, such as an accident or
people in their cars, can be a serious distraction that can cause a crash.
Speaking with another passenger – Other people in the vehicle can place serious demands on your
attention when you are driving, which can cause a collision.
Lost in thought or spacing out – Sometimes, a driver’s mind can wander long enough to cause
Eating or drinking – Consuming food or a beverage can take your hand(s) away from the
wheel, which can interfere with your ability to react to a surprise on
the road in a timely manner.
Grooming – While applying your makeup or brushing your teeth while operating
a vehicle are both manual and visual distractions, those who often groom
while on the road are often speeding as well.
Adjust audio/climate controls or using devices – Adjusting things like mirrors or seatbelts and fiddling with the
radio or AC for even a moment is a factor for traffic deaths.
If you suffered a serious injury in a car accident caused by a distracted
driver in Florida,
contact our Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers at
Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. and schedule a
free case evaluation today.