Distracted Driving Involves More Than Just Texting
There has been plenty of attention focused on the dangers of using a cell phone, texting, or taking pictures behind the wheel, and rightly so. Keeping your phone in your glove compartment or handbag can help reduce your car accident risks, but there are other types of distracted driving behaviors you need to be aware of as well. Anything that takes your focus off the task of driving for more than a few seconds puts you, your passengers, and other motorists in danger of serious and potentially life threatening crashes and collisions.
Multitasking Behind the Wheel
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as nine people are killed in distracted driving accidents each day in the U.S., while an estimated 1,000 others are injured. The CDC defines distracted driving as anything that takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, or your mind off the task at hand for even a few seconds. Cell phones and texting are an obvious problem, but other activities which could jeopardize your safety include:
- Being preoccupied, which can include thinking about a conversation you will have with someone or running through grocery lists and plans for dinner later in the day;
- Attending to personal tasks, such as adjusting hair or makeup, making sure your tie is straightened, or reaching for your wallet or checkbook;
- Eating and drinking, which often involves using both hands and juggling multiple items;
- Adjusting car settings, such as changing radio stations or adjusting GPS.
Most of us are guilty of committing all of the above at some point, and these acts may seem inconsequential. Ultimately, however, being distracted for even five seconds is long enough to cover the entire length of a football field if you are traveling at 55 miles per hour.
Get Serious About Driving Dangers
It is easy to ‘zone out’ when you are busy, rushing to get somewhere, or driving familiar routes. The fact is, with Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES) showing close to 300,000 car accidents occurring each year in our state, driving can be a dangerous activity that requires your full attention.
In addition to ensuring you have plenty of time to react to changes in road and traffic conditions, giving the road your full attention and keeping both hands on the wheel can help to protect you from engaging in dangerous driving behaviors that often lead to car accidents, such as:
- Drifting out of your lane;
- Failing to give other drivers enough room;
- Driving too fast for conditions;.
- Running stop signs and disregarding other traffic signs and signals.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
When you suffer injuries due to the reckless driving behaviors of others, our West Palm Beach car accident attorney, Gregg Wexler is here to provide the trusted legal guidance you need. Call or contact the Wexler Law Firm, P.A. online today and request a free consultation to discuss your case and the types of compensation you may be entitled to.