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5 Unexpected Ways You Can Be Driving Distracted

Attorney David I. Fuchs

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Attorney David I. Fuchs

Date

Aug. 17, 2015

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News

Many different things can lead to a car accident, ranging from bad weather conditions to inexperienced drivers to a driver listening to music behind the wheel. People too often try to save time by eating or putting on makeup in the car, which can lead to accidents. They are not paying attention to what matters the most, the road. With that being said, here are some of the top five driving distractions.

  1. Smoking: Smoking is one of the top five driving distractions. Smoking while driving is not only dangerous to one’s body, but it is distracting in ways that can cause fatal accidents. Accidents caused by smoking result from visual, manual, and cognitive distractions. Visual distractions are caused by taking your eyes off the road to light the cigarette. Manual distractions occur when taking your hands off the steering wheel to light the cigarette or to dispense of the ash in a tray or out the window. Lastly, cognitive distractions occur because you unnecessarily use brain function to light the cigarette versus focusing the attention to the task at hand, which is operating the automobile. Studies have shown that smoking while driving is even more distracting than using a cell phone. While driving, cigarette smokers have a 12-second distraction rate, while cell phone users have a 10-second distraction rate.
  2. Using a cell phone: This is probably everyone’s first guess when thinking about what could have caused an auto accident. How often does someone use a cell phone while they drive? Probably almost every time they get into a car. This unnecessary distraction leads the driver to not pay attention and can result in a car accident. Texting or updating social media causes unnecessary distractions as well. Constantly looking down at a phone to text or update a Facebook status is just a disaster waiting to happen. If you need to send an emergency text message, use a voice=activated message system or just pull over to safety if you need to use your phone. While everyone in the world has a cell phone these days, which are essential especially in emergencies, they should avoid using them while operating a vehicle to keep everyone on the road safe..
  3. Eating and drinking while driving: Another one of the top distractions. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, stopping at a fast food restaurant and grabbing food to go and just eating in the car is very easy. It’s more convenient than being late for work or actually taking the time to have a sit-down meal. According to the most recent Facebook survey, 51% of people admitted to eating breakfast in the car.
  4. Talking/interacting with passengers: Everyone at some point has carpooled or driven with their friends, but more people in a car can lead to an increased risk of a crash. With multiple people in the car, the temptation to talk to friends while driving increases and can cause the driver to not pay 100% attention to the road. 6% of people admitted to getting into an accident while being distracted by the passengers in their car. While that can seem like a low percentage, it’s actually even riskier because more lives would be involved in the event of an accident.
  5. Applying makeup in the car: Too often someone is putting makeup on in the car while driving. Even though it is more often at a red light, it is still an unnecessary distraction. 45% of women admitted to putting makeup on in the car while at a stop light. The most popular makeup product applied while in the car is lip-gloss, and 35% admitted to putting lip-gloss on while they are driving. The most responsible thing a person can do is to not be distracted while driving, and you can easily avoid distractions such as these. The Law Offices of David Fuchs is a personal injury law firm that represents individuals that have been involved in an accident due to the negligent behavior of others’ driving distractions. If you or you know someone that has been injured in a distraction-related accident, contact Attorney Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney David Fuchs to discuss the best way to handle your case.