The Effects of Driving Distractions

Many drivers make the mistake of thinking texting and driving is the only form of distracted driving. Although it is the most common form, it is not the only thing that could cause drivers to be distracted when behind the wheel. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anything that takes your attention away from driving is considered to be a distraction, which has been categorized into three different groups:

  1. Manual Distractions: Anything that requires your hands to come off the wheel
  2. Cognitive Distractions: Anything that deters your focus from driving
  3. Visual Distractions: Anything that takes your eyes off the road

Of all the driving distractions, texting while behind the wheel is also considered to be one of the most dangerous forms because it is the only one that falls into all three categories. Distracted driving can be associated with many consequences, some of the most common including:

  • Causing an accident
  • Higher insurance premiums
  • Severe injury
  • Criminal charges

Types of Driving Distractions

There are many forms of distracted driving, but some of the most common include:

  • Texting/talking on the phone
  • Eating
  • Putting on makeup
  • Grooming
  • Adjusting the radio or air conditioning
  • Fidgeting with GPS
  • Passengers
  • Smoking
  • Tending to children or pets

How to Prevent Driving Distractions

Avoiding distractions while behind the wheel can be challenging at times, especially when you have been driving for a while. Although very tempting, there are a few things you can do as a driver to help decrease the chances of becoming a distracted driver.

  1. Make a Playlist – Creating a car playlist is a great way to hear all of your favorite songs without having to fidget through your music app and try to focus on the road simultaneously.
  2. Text Blocking Apps – Many apps are developed to help people who can't seem to make the text message wait! They will allow you to put in emergency contact only and then block messages or calls from anyone else who is not on the list until you have arrived at your destination safely.
  3. Pull Over – If you need to do something like take a quick bite to eat, or fix your makeup before work. Trying to drive while engaging in these activities can quickly become dangerous. It's better to take a few extra moments to pull over in a safe location until you are finished.
  4. Have a Passenger Do it for You – If you aren't driving alone, feel free to ask your passenger to do things such as change the radio or adjust your navigation! This way, you will be able to focus fully on the road.

We Can Help

Here at The Law Offices Of James C. DeZao, we have the skill and expertise you want on your side after being injured in a texting and driving-related accident. Injured victims may be entitled to compensation, and the best way to maximize the owed payout amounts is by working with an attorney you trust. Let us be your voice.

Contact us today at (973) 358-6134 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation.