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Major Causes of Distracted Driving

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 multitasking.

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 an accident.
  • 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.