Distracted drivers cause an average eight deaths per day across the United States—and even more severe injuries. Distracted driving, however, does not justify checking your cell phone while driving. While studies suggest that an average 7% of drivers are using their phones at any given moment on the road, other distracting behaviors can prove just as risky. Unfortunately, all too many drivers do not even recognize the severity of their actions. They may assume that, since they put their cell phones away, they can safely navigate the road.
Driving distractions, however, can occur in several forms. Distractions can be manual, which involves taking your hands off the wheel; cognitive, which means taking your attention off the road; or visual, which means taking your eyes off the road. Distracted drivers may struggle to note things going on around them, completely missing out on potential hazards. Most distracted drivers will not have adequate time to respond to a pending accident. A driver engaging in any of these behaviors could suffer severe distraction.
Many drivers think nothing of eating or drinking behind the wheel. After all, they just have to grab a few fries out of the bag, or take a drink of that milkshake or smoothie before it melts. Some people even choose to save time on their other daily activities by eating or drinking behind the wheel instead of stopping for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Eating and drinking, however, can take both eyes and hands off of the task of driving, which may result in substantial distraction. Messy foods, or those that involve more hand-eye coordination to eat—trying to eat with a fork or spoon, for example—can further increase driver distraction.
Many modern cars come with more features for music than ever. You can connect to countless radio stations through satellite radio, use your phone to stream any music in your collection, or use CDs. Unfortunately, those added features may also come with added distractions. You may find yourself flipping through songs, watching the screen on your vehicle and ignoring the road while looking for the perfect song for your mood. Often, changing music can take your attention from the road longer than intended.
GPS technology makes driving more convenient than ever. You no longer have to deal with clunky paper directions or hope that you can reach your destination based on vague instructions from friends. You do not even have to check a map! Unfortunately, that technology can also pose a significant distraction on the road. Many drivers do not set their GPS until they realize they no longer know which way to turn. Others may pay more attention to the GPS than they do to the road, checking drive times, looking for heavy traffic ahead, or considering the next turn in the route. Drivers who want to avoid distraction should make a habit of programming their GPS devices before they leave for their trips. If you need to change your GPS mid-trip, pull off the road into a safe place before making those changes.
Often, a conversation with a passenger can prove a lot more engaging than driving, especially on a familiar route. Looking at a passenger, however, means that the driver is not looking at the road.
Children can prove an even more serious distraction behind the wheel. Often, parents will turn around to deal with a distraction in the backseat: bickering or misbehaving children, for example, or a young child who has dropped a much-needed item for the trip. That distraction, however, can take your attention off the road long enough to lead to a severe accident.
Ideally, drivers should keep their attention on the road, not on passengers in the vehicle. The challenges associated with passenger distractions have led many states to pass laws requiring young drivers to have no more than a single passenger in the vehicle at any given moment.
Some pets will sit patiently in their seats in the vehicle throughout the duration of the trip. Others, however, may climb all over the vehicle. Simply having a moving pet in the vehicle can pose a potent distraction for many drivers, who may turn to make sure their pet has not gotten into trouble. Other times, pets may crawl all over the driver, bumping into the hand on the wheel or even climbing into the driver’s lap. Frequently, pets pose a visual challenge to the driver: not just a distraction, but an actual barrier to the road.
To keep yourself and your pets safe on the road, make sure you secure your pets properly, in a crate or with a seatbelt, before heading off on your journey.
Brushing your hair, checking something in your teeth, or even putting on makeup: all of these behaviors take your attention and your eyes off of the road. Often, personal grooming tasks also remove your hands from the wheel, which may significantly decrease your ability to safely control the vehicle. Personal grooming tasks should wait until you reach your destination, even if you believe you have time in relatively low traffic.
In addition to the other, more obvious distractions drivers often face on the road, drivers may face one challenge that comes primarily from within: daydreaming. Daydreaming, or getting lost in your own thoughts, can present a potent cognitive distraction that may prevent you from keeping track of what other drivers do around you. Keeping your attention on the road, rather than on your own thoughts, can go a long way toward preventing accidents.
To help reduce your personal accident risk, focus on the road while driving, rather than allowing distractions to creep in. If you note dangerous driving behaviors, including distracted driving around you, you may want to change your route or pull off the road to avoid those drivers. Did you suffer an accident in Las Vegas on the road due to the actions of a distracted driver? Contact Gina Corena & Associates to learn more about your right to compensation.
As founder of Gina Corena & Associates, she is dedicated to fighting for the rights of the people who suffer life-changing personal injuries in car, truck and motorcycle accidents as well as other types of personal injury. Gina feels fortunate to serve the Nevada community and hold wrongdoers accountable for their harm to her clients.
This was my first time using a lawyer, which I needed due a major car accident. They made everything simple and stress free, and I couldn’t be happier with the attentive care I received from everyone at the law office. Gresia was fantastic, and kept in touch regularly. She was professional, knowledgeable, and very kind. I would recommend them to anyone.
Gina and her crew are truly amazing. They exceeded my expectations. They kept in contact with me throughout the whole time and any questions I did have They would take the time and explain everything so I would know what to expect. I would highly recommend them at any time.
Thank you very much for the services everyone answered every single one of my calls and this firm took care of me from start to finish. Thank you so much Gina for taking on my case and assisting me I will recommend you to everyone.
I rarely do reviews but I want to share what an outstanding team Gina Corena has. Mahna Pourshaban did such an awesome job In helping us get our settlement, she has treated us like family since day 1 that we met her.. Me and my family want to tell u guys thank u from the bottom of our hearts.
Working with Gina was An amazing feeling as the client to know that my case is being handled professionally and to the best it can be ! Knowing that Gina can handle it gave me confidence and peace, 100 percent recommend Gina and her associates team !
GINA CORENA is the best attorney indeed! Thank you to her amazing team the attention to detail I received was incredible. 100% recommend to everyone!
My experience with Gina Corena’s office was amazing. They were all professional and were easy to reach out to during my whole case. I’d recommend their services 10/10!!
I'm really satisfied with the work these ladies provide. They’re Super reliable and Professional, Alexandra was the one that helped me with my case and she’s super nice and sweet. She made sure I was aware about all the updates with my case. Overall the work they provide to the citizens of Las Vegas is top notch. Thank you Gina Corena and associates.
This is the best company I have dealt with hands down. I am super thankful with them for all the work they did on behalf of my case. The process was rather simple and very well explained from start to finish. Thank you so much Gina Corena &. Associates. Thank you Kim for assisting in my case.
I received nothing but top notch service from this firm not once but twice please keep up the outstanding job customer service is very important to me and your firm went above and beyond again THANK YOU
Such a great law firm. This was my first time having to get a lawyer due to an auto accident and they explained all the ins and outs of my case and the process. I will definitively keep them in mind again for the future.
If I can give Gina’s firm 10 stars I would. They have the best customer service & most knowledgeable staff I’ve ever come across. The office is always clean and it has a lovely and positive vibe. Thank you to this amazing firm to make my experience fast and easy for me. Gina definitely knows how to care of her clients and treated me like family. I will recommended to my friends and family.
CALL US 24/7