What You Need to Know about Accidents Caused by Distracted Driving

What You Need to Know about Accidents Caused by Distracted Driving

Whether you’ve had to remind your children to stay off their phones while driving or had to make a personal rule for yourself, most people are very aware of the problems that cell phone use can cause while driving.

It’s just common sense.

If you’re checking Facebook instead of watching the road, an accident is more likely to happen. Cell phone use while driving is distracted driving.

Causes of Distracted Driving

While most of us would agree completely that it is unwise to check our phones while driving, cell phone use isn’t the only thing that is causing distracted driving.

As a personal injury lawyer in Trinity, Florida I’ve seen many cases of motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving and a wide variety of things that have caused these distractions.

Vehicles have become more technical. Not only are they equipped with the latest gadgets to make driving as easy and as comfortable as possible, but they’re loaded with entertainment optionstoo: screens, radio, internet, and even video games.

A driver might think it’s safe to start doing something while stopped at a light – text, check email, read an article, play a game – but then what happens when the light turns green? Their mind is still focused on whatever they were doing on their screen. They may try to finish up what they were doing while beginning to accelerate, or whatever they were doing at the light may result in a distracting reply or alert on their phone a few minutes later.

Then there are all the non-phone related things people think they can do while driving including:

  • Eating
  • Drinking
  • Shaving
  • Putting on make up
  • Dancing
  • Reading
  • Holding a pet on their lap

 

And that’s just the tip of the ice berg. If you’re curious for more, check out this list of 51 Crazy Things People Do While Driving.

Automobile Safety Features?

Even added features like a lane change course-correct or automatic braking – which are supposed to make a vehicle safer – can still cause distraction. A driver may pay less attention to the road thinking that the car’s safety features will keep the journey smooth sailing, but that’s not necessarily true. These features give drivers a false sense of security.

My advice: stay focused and pay attention while driving. Put your phone in your glove box if you have to.An accident is much less likely to happen to a driver who is attentive and focused.

If you have any questions about distracted driving or you are looking for a motor vehicle accident lawyer in Trinity, Spring Hill, Brooksville, or Inverness, the Law Offices of Chuck Philips will be happy to help you. We are a compassionate firm that walks with our clients through every step of the process. We will be more than happy to assist you.