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What Causes Distracted Driving?

Accidents happen, but that doesn’t mean they are inevitable. Today in the United States, thousands of car crashes will take place, but shrugging our shoulders and moving on with our day is not the appropriate response. While it is easy to believe these incidents are caused by simple driving mistakes, routine errors due to the slip of the mind, the reality is that many of them are caused by distracted driving.

Phones & Distracted Driving

The number one cause of distracted driving accidents is using a phone while behind the wheel. In fact, the National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million car crashes a year.

If you think that’s shocking, check out these facts

  • 390,000 accident-related injuries are caused by texting and driving.
  • Texting while behind the wheel is 6x more likely to cause an accident when compared to DUI.
  • Texting and driving is the cause of 1 out of every 4 accidents in the U.S.

As you can see, cell phone use while behind the wheel is a major distracted driving issue. If you can’t keep your eyes on the road, then you shouldn’t be on it! Put away your phone and stay alert while operating any motor vehicle.

Chores/Eating

Many people turn their car into a private restaurant/beauty parlor, but this causes thousands of accidents every year. In fact, studies show that women putting on makeup is the cause of nearly 450,000 car crashes annually. Additionally, eating while driving can be a major traffic hazard, especially when the menu consists of food wrapped up tight in packaging. Studies show that drivers who are eating or drinking are 3.6 times more likely to be in a car accident when compared to an attentive driver. What’s more, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that eating while driving increases the likelihood of a crash by 80%. All that to say, it is better to plan out your day and wake up a little bit earlier to accomplish these tasks before you get behind the wheel.

Distracted Driving Is Avoidable

As you can see, distracted driving is a serious cause for alarm due to the increased risks of traffic accidents. We advise anyone who gets behind the wheel to stay attentive while making maneuvers through traffic—there is no excuse for distracted driving.

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, we may be able to help you financially recover. Call us for a free evaluation of your accident! (702) 602-8869