Are You a Distracted Driver?

Driving distracted can be more than texting! What else are you doing that might make you a distracted driver? 

Life moves fast and we often find ourselves doing multiple things at once to fit everything in. Multitasking is a way to get things done, but it should never happen when you are behind the wheel of a car. Distracted driving is the number one causes of fatalities or injury on the road. The statistics are very clear. Nine people are killed and over 1,000 people are injured every day as a direct result from car accidents involving a distracted driver, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. 

When you think of distracted driving, you most likely think of cell phones or other electronic devices. While this is a major issue that causes a driver to be distracted, it’s not the only one. Distracted driving is any activity that takes your focus away from your main task of driving. Anything that diverts your mind or vision away from driving contributes to distraction while you drive. 

Some of the main causes of distracted driving include using a smart phone, either dialing a number or texting. This task is more complex than you think and it’s difficult to drive safely while doing it. Although it seems harmless, eating or drinking can also shift a driver’s focus from the road. Talking to passengers can take your mind off driving even if you are still watching the road. Paying more attention to interacting with passengers than driving can affect your reaction time. 

Believe it or not, some drivers engage in personal grooming or even reading while at the wheel. These kinds of activities should never be done while driving. And any time you reach down to the dashboard to program a GPS or adjust the radio or other systems in the car, you are in danger of being distracted even just for a few seconds. 

The bottom line is this, your brain is only capable of processing a certain amount of information at a given time. When we try to do multiple tasks at once, each task competes for your brain’s attention. This causes distraction and potentially serious consequences behind the wheel. 

Think again before you get in your car and make the commitment to drive distraction free. If you do find yourself in an accident caused by a distracted driver, the attorneys at Wyly & Cook have years of experience in this area and would be happy to consult with you on the damages and compensation you deserve. Please feel free to call us at 713-236-8330 for a free consultation.  

 

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