Distracted driving refers to the driver doing other activities that take his attention away from the road, thus causing or increasing the chance of a vehicular crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 391,000 injuries and 3,477 deaths in motor vehicle crashes caused by distracted driving in 2015. In 2016, the fatalities decreased by 2.2%. However, similar incidents still frequently occur until now.
The three main types of distracted driving includes taking the eyes, the hands, or the mind off the wheel and the road. The consequences of such behaviors are more serious when a truck is involved. If you find yourself facing a case against a truck company, you might want to call for help from an Austin truck accident attorney.
To avoid being the perpetrator of a car accident due to distracted driving, you might want to avoid doing the following:
Smoking while driving is not an offense in itself. However, it can lead to careless driving, which, in turn, can get you in trouble with the law. Accidents usually happen when the driver lights a cigarette or puts it out. In some states, smoking while in the car has already been made illegal to address the issue of health and decrease the number of road accidents.
- Moving objects
Sometimes, you might be tempted to organize the things inside your car. Adjusting the seat belt and transferring a coffee cup only takes seconds, right? There should be no harm from doing them. Wrong! These actions can also cause distracted-related accidents.
- Using devices
Operating the mobile phone, radio, A/C, and other devices and car controls also contribute to a number of car accidents. It’s best that you don’t accept calls while driving and allow someone else to operate car controls, so you can focus on the road. Remember that cellphone use is the second leading cause of deaths due to distracted driving.
- Eating and drinking
You might be good at multitasking, but attempting it while you’re on the road will not only put yourself but also other road users at risk. If you must eat or drink, do so during a stop light. When the light turns yellow, put your food and drink down.
- Interacting with other people
Sometimes, other car passengers will demand your attention. While you are focused on talking to them, you might not notice another vehicle making a sudden turn. You should also be wary of focusing your attention too much on people and objects outside your car. Gawking at an accident and not fixing your eyes on what’s ahead of you may cause even more accidents.
- Being lost in thought
A wandering mind is more fatal than using a mobile phone while driving. If you are distressed or emotionally unstable, it’s best that you ask a friend to drive you or use a public transportation.
You will not be able to drive safely unless you give the road your full attention. Refrain from doing non-driving activities while you are behind the wheels.