One of the biggest reasons for car accidents is distracted driving. When drivers’ attention isn’t fully on the road, they leave themselves vulnerable to seemingly avoidable situations.
Here are some of the most common things that distract drivers:
Cell phone use
One of the most frequently reported reasons for distracted driving is cell phone usage. When talking on the phone and especially texting, a driver has very low engagement with what’s happening on the road. In the case of texting, they may not even have their hands on the wheel. As a result, the National Safety Council estimates that 26% of all crashes involve cell phones.
If you are running on very little sleep, it can be hard to focus on driving. All of your energy is directed toward simply keeping your eyes open rather than having your eyes trained on your surroundings and the road in front of you. When you’re sleep deprived, you’re likely to find yourself zoning in and out and lacking the necessary focus to get where you need to go. It’s also possible that zoning out turns into dozing off, which can be even more dangerous when you’re behind the wheel.
Not looking at the road
Any time your eyes aren’t on the road or your immediate environment, you put yourself at greater risk of getting in an accident. Everything from attending to children in the backseat to looking at something off in the distance are problematic distractions.
If you live in the Houston area and find yourself involved in a case of distracted driving and need representation, don’t hesitate to contact Jim Medley, a DWI and criminal defense attorney. Consistently voted on ‘Top Houston Lawyer’ lists, Jim and his team offer the best legal defense for various situations.