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How drivers become distracted: 3 top causes

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2023 | Personal Injury

Some people enjoy driving but it can often feel monotonous for those who do it every day. Thus, they may be taken in by distractions. Distractions come in numerous forms, with all of them having the potential to be dangerous. 

While driving may feel essentially automatic to those with experience, the truth is that it requires a lot of focus and attention. Outlined below are some of the more common driving distractions that can result in accidents. 

1. Cellphones 

There are very few people who can take their eyes off of their phones for long periods. For some, checking their messages every few minutes is routine. 

This becomes a problem when it comes to driving, particularly when traffic is moving slowly or has come to a halt. One momentary lapse in concentration is all it takes for a devastating accident to occur, and sadly, cellphones are frequently at the heart of this. 

2. Food and drink 

Eating on the go can save a lot of time, particularly in the mornings when heading out to work. Nonetheless, eating and drinking in the car is a bad idea. Doing so means that the driver is engaging in a secondary task when their primary focus should be on the road. 

3. Passengers 

Having company on a trip can be nice, and it makes the journey less boring. That being said, passengers can also become a distraction. If you are in an intense debate while driving, then your focus is taken from the road in front of you. 

Additionally, if you have children who are arguing in the back seats, your mind is going to be focused on them. For adults, make sure you stress the importance of being able to focus. If the children have become impatient in the back, consider pulling over, taking a break and grabbing some refreshments. 

You only have the ability to control your own actions and not those of other drivers. If you have suffered injuries through negligence, then you may be entitled to financial compensation. Seek some legal guidance to find out more about your options.