Millions of people in the U.S. drive every single day. The majority of them make it to and from their destination safely. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for all road users.
There are over 5 million crashes in the U.S. every year, with over 38,000 people losing their lives. Some studies suggest that up to 80% of these crashes involve some sort of distraction.
Outlined below are the most dangerous driving distractions.
Cell phone use
It’s hard to find someone who does not own a cell phone. These devices are integral to our daily lives. Cell phones even have apps that claim to help drivers with directions etc.
Nonetheless, when a driver is focussed on their device rather than the road, this is dangerous. This is even the case when the cell phone is being used hands-free. Research indicates that up to 27% of all accidents involve cell phone use.
The car can facilitate family trips at the weekend. It can also cut commuting costs in terms of carpooling with colleagues. That being said, there are risks when travelling with other occupants. A driver should not become so distracted by conversation that they start to miss hazards on the road.
Eating or drinking
Many people are so busy that they have little choice but to eat and drink while on the go. This isn’t advisable while the vehicle is in motion. Taking a sip of a drink or unwrapping a snack leaves the driver unfocussed for a matter of seconds, which is enough to cause an accident.
If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver, then you may be able to hold them to account legally. Seeking guidance will give you a better idea of whether or not you have a valid personal injury claim.