When we think of distracted driving, we tend to think of drivers who use their cell phones while driving and, although this is certainly one of the most common causes of distracted driving accidents, there are several other distractions that contribute to distracted driving accidents on roadways across the country every year. If you sustained injuries in a car accident that was caused by a distracted driver, you have a right to pursue fair and just compensation for the costs and pain and suffering associated with your injuries.
Below is a list of some of the most common causes of distracted driving accidents:
- Talking and texting: Using a cell phone while driving is, of course, incredibly distracting and dangerous. According to the National Safety Council, it is estimated that about 26% of all motor vehicle accidents involve the use of cell phones. If you need to reply to a text or an email, wait until you reach your destination or, if a faster response is necessary, pull over to a safe location and do so before you resume driving.
- GPS: We are quite dependent on the use of a GPS to get to where we are traveling and, for many of us, not using this device is simply no longer an option. If you regularly use a GPS, make sure you set up your route before you hit the road and keep it mounted where you can easily see it while keeping your eyes on the road ahead. Otherwise, making adjustments to it while driving can potentially lead to a serious accident.
- Adjusting the music or controls: You might want to hear a certain song while you are on the road or feel like adjusting the temperature in your car, but this is actually another form of distracted driving. Make sure you set everything up in your vehicle to your liking before you begin your trip. If music is important to you, create a playlist to avoid having to sift through your music for the perfect song.
- Grooming and applying makeup: We do not always have enough time to finish grooming or completing the finishing touches on our appearance, but that does not mean you should finish up while you are driving. That would require you to take your hands off the wheel and your eyes off the road, which could easily lead to a serious accident.
- Talking to passengers: It might seem unnatural or rude to not speak to your passengers, but doing so can be distracting. You do not necessarily need to stay silent, but you should never turn to look at a passenger you are speaking to or engage in a conversation that can potentially get too heated and distracting. Remember, your attention should always be focused on the road. That is your first priority.
- Zoning out: When driving on a familiar route, it is easy to zone out and daydream, but this can easily lead to a terrible accident. No matter how familiar you are with a specific route, you should never allow your mind to wander or zone out while you are operating a motor vehicle.
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If you were injured in a motor vehicle collision that was caused by a distracted driver, it is imperative that you seek skilled legal guidance as soon as possible to ensure you are able to recover the fair and just compensation you need during this difficult time. At Rafi Law Group in Arizona, our knowledgeable team of personal injury attorneys has the experience and dedication that is necessary to effectively represent you and hold the responsible party liable for their actions.