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Exploring the Top 2 Causes of Distracted Driving

4/8/2018

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About 90 people died each day in motor vehicle crashes in 2014, and 6,400 people were injured. Auto accidents occur for a variety of reasons, but one of the biggest culprits of accidents in generally is distracted driving. In fact, engaging in visual-manual tasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times.

Of course, there are plenty of other actions that constitute distracted driving, and they extend far beyond the usage of an electronic device. Let's break down some of the top causes of distracted driving:

Other Passengers
According to SafeStart, about 5% of all distracted driving accidents are caused from a distraction from one of the other passengers inside of the vehicle. It's important to remember that even if you're driving with a car full of people, your main priorities need to be keeping your eyes on the road and keeping you and your passengers safe. Even turning around for one moment to look at a friend in the back can have disastrous results. Keep your eyes on the road, always.

Your Own Thoughts
Yes, that's right -- by far, the biggest cause of distracted driving accidents and fatalities, even more than device usage, is simply being 'lost in thought' or 'zoned out.' This can often happen when you're driving on a road you've driven down hundreds of times. Your mind starts to wander to other things, like your plans later, that funny comment your coworker made, or how you burned your mouth on your coffee this morning. Always stay focused when you're behind the wheel. It only takes one moment for your mind to wander and your car to go right with it.

There are 1,315,561 lawyers in the United States, and any team of legal representatives will tell you that there are plenty of other causes of distracted driving aside from device usage, such as smoking in the car, eating in the car, adjusting car controls, and much more. But understanding these biggest unknown causes is the key to staying safe in the car no matter what. For more information about legal representatives or DUI lawyers, contact Rhett Bernstein.