Texting has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the most dangerous distracted driving behaviors, as it combines all three main types of driver distraction: cognitive, manual, and visual. However, texting isn't the only distraction drivers create while behind the wheel. Even drivers who wouldn't dream of using their smartphone while driving may engage in distracted driving behaviors and not even realize it at the time.
Common distractions which increase a driver's risk of being involved in an accident include:
- Grooming, applying makeup, doing hair or using an electric razor
- Eating or drinking
- Disciplining unruly children
- Conversing with passengers
- Rubbernecking at traffic accidents
- Listening to music, including changing a CD or the radio station
- Adjusting audio or climate controls
- Using an in-vehicle GPS navigation system
- Looking or reaching for something in the vehicle
Many of these distracted driving behaviors may seem harmless, but statistics show they're anything but. The consequences of distracted driving can range from mild to deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving accidents injured approximately 391,000 people in 2015 and claimed the lives of 3,450 people in 2016. These accidents, injuries and fatalities are particularly heartbreaking, considering they were entirely preventable. If we alter our distracted driving habits, we may be able to save a life or avoid an injury.
Another sad thing about distracted driving accident, injury, and death statistics is that they may be a dramatically underestimated, as many drivers are unlikely to admit that they were distracted at the time of the crash.
Were You Hurt in a Distracted Driving Accident?
If you were injured in an accident caused by the negligence of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for a wide range of injury and damages, including related medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning potential, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and more. The skilled attorneys with the Inland Empire Law Group can help you understand your legal rights and options. Contact us today at (888) 694-3529 or (909) 481-0100 to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation.