Think that texting while driving is the only type of distraction? Think again. Distractions can come in many forms.
Since the advent and ubiquity of the cell phone, the rate of distracted driver-involved crashes has skyrocketed. Today, distracted driving is a top cause of car accidents that leads to thousands of deaths each year. In 2018, for example, distracted driving resulted in over 2,800 deaths and about 400,000 injuries.
It is not just using a cell phone behind the wheel that causes distracted driving accidents, although texting, emailing, and talking on a handheld device is certainly a large part of the problem. Consider these other common forms of distracted driving and how to stay safe.
Eating and Drinking
Having your coffee on the way to work or eating your sandwich as you rush between one activity and the next may seem like your only option but eating and drinking while driving can be dangerous. If you are going to eat or drink, be sure to use a spill-proof cup (this way, you will not risk spilling coffee or another beverage on your lap, causing you to startle and potentially crash) and choose handheld items, such as a granola bar, that do not require you to take both hands off of the wheel.
Attending to Children and Pets
Children and pets are wonderful additions to our lives, but they can be needy and distracting when in the car. Turning around to attend to a fussy child or a barking pup when driving is all it takes for a crash to occur. The best way to avoid an accident is to ensure that children and pets are properly secured and accommodated (does your child need a snack or a toy for the road?) before starting the car. Yes, pets should be secured, too; try a kennel or pet seat belt.
Applying Makeup and Self-Grooming
When you are rushed, getting ready for the workday or another event in the vehicle may seem like your only option. But combing your hair, applying mascara, or otherwise, self-grooming can be very dangerous while driving. If you are struggling to find the time in the morning, set your alarm 10 minutes early and create a morning routine that allows you more time to primp before leaving the house.
Changing the Music
When you are in the car, the right music can certainly set the mood and help you have a stress-free drive. But changing the radio can be a distraction and one that results in a crash if you are not careful. Pre-sets are really helpful for quickly changing stations without taking too much time. You can also create a playlist on your smart device and get it connected and playing before your car is in motion.
In a Distracted Driving Crash? Call Our Personal Injury Lawyers
Even if you are the safest driver on the road, you cannot trust the actions of others. If you are involved in a crash caused by a distracted driver, you have rights, including the right to full recovery of the losses you have suffered. For help navigating your claim, call our experienced personal injury lawyers at the office of Lomurro Law. Serving Freehold, NJ, and the surrounding areas, our team is here to advocate for you!