When people think of distracted driving, the first thing that may come to mind is texting and driving. While this is a major form of distracted driving, it is not the only behavior that takes a driver’s eyes and attention off the road. Get the facts on five types of distracted driving and learn what to look out for on the road.
Dangerous Driving Behaviors
There are many ways for a driver to become distracted on the road. Smartphones are a major distraction, and their prevalence makes it so that most drivers have one in the car while driving. Even if they are not actively looking at it, the smartphone’s sounds and vibrations may be enough to take a driver’s mind off the road.
In addition to smartphones, distractions for drivers include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Eating and drinking. Reaching for a drink, looking down at food, searching for napkins, and more can all take a driver’s eyes off the road and hands off the steering wheel.
- Applying makeup. This activity takes a person’s eyes off the road and hands off the steering wheel for an extended period of time.
- Managing children or pets. Children and pets may become distracting, particularly if children start crying or fussing, and if pets start moving around the vehicle.
- Having a conversation with passengers. Driving becomes more distracting the more passengers are in the vehicle. Even having a conversation with passengers may take some of a driver’s cognitive function off the task of driving.
- Fiddling with the radio or other controls. Adjusting the radio station or air conditioner takes at least one of a driver’s hands off the steering wheel, which distracts a driver’s manual attention from driving.
Injured by a Distracted Driver? We Can Help
Unfortunately, many motorists do not understand that driving comes with a responsibility to drive safely and carefully, and instead choose to engage in behaviors that they know are distracting and dangerous. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, our Washington D.C. attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel P.C. are prepared to fight for you.
Contact us today at (202) 659-8600 to learn how we can help you.