What causes distracted driving?

On Behalf of | Sep 18, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Distractions are everywhere. Parents get distracted in the morning when they’re preparing their children for school. Employees get distracted from their work when they see a new email from their boss. While these kinds of distractions can be annoying, they don’t create many issues for most lives. There is one time, however, where a distraction can have devastating consequences and that’s while driving.

A driving distraction occurs when someone takes their eyes off the road, hands off the steering wheel or minds off of driving. Distracted driving leads to thousands of injuries and deaths a year. Drivers might be distracted when they change the radio, see an interesting billboard or they’re talking to passengers. However, some distractions are more common than others.

Phones are one of the biggest causes of distracted driving

Phones are made to attract consumers’ attention. If it isn’t from calls or texts, social media notifications can cause users to open apps on their phones that lead to more distractions. Phones can be so distracting that people can be distracted even if they are not looking at their phones. People who often use social media may have cravings that make it harder for them to finish tasks. These kinds of attractions leave many drivers open for distraction. 

There are many ways drivers can protect themselves from phone distractions. The simplest way to reduce phone distractions is to turn off phones when getting into cars. Or, people can put their phones in bags to make it harder to reach them while driving. Drivers who forget to do these tricks can adjust their settings to silence notifications while driving. 

A driving distraction can lead to serious injuries. Victims of distracted drivers may need to learn their rights and seek compensation for their losses. Legal guidance can help you learn more.