The Most Common Causes of Distracted Driving

Women texting and driving

Imagine you're driving, you take your eyes off the road just for a second, maybe you are adjusting the music or sending a last-minute text message, and then the unspeakable happens: a severe crash, injuries, or loss of life. People don't think it will ever happen to them or don't realize this dangerous act is responsible for claiming thousands of lives each year.

In 2019, 3,142 people were killed due to a distracted driving-related crash. Distractions are everywhere, and, unfortunately, external distractions are often inevitable. However, to save lives and avoid contributing to these deadly statistics, we can do our part by minimizing distractions while behind the wheel.

April marks National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a nationwide effort to promote the dangers of distracted driving and how it can be prevented. To understand the potential risks involved with driver distractions, we must first understand the most prevalent types of actions that lead to driver's cognitive, visual, and manual impairment.

Our Newport Beach car accident attorneys discuss the most common distractions drivers face every day.

Electronic Devices

Texting and driving are one of the most hazardous types of distractions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reading or sending a text message impairs your ability to focus on the road for 5 seconds. If you are going 55mph, that is the equivalent to driving the length of a football field with your eyes shut.

Using your cell phone while driving increases your chances of getting involved in a fatal auto accident. It is illegal under California law to use a cell phone while driving unless hands-free. To prevent a crash, put your cell phone away or turn off notifications while behind the wheel. This simple act can save your life and other drivers on the road.

Passengers in Vehicle

Passengers inside vehicles are one of the highest causes of driver distraction. To ensure your safety and your passenger's safety, you should limit the number of passengers in your vehicle. It's also crucial that passengers are aware of driving safety, and it's best to not engage in distracting conversations while driving to allow the driver to focus solely on the road.

Other Driver Distractions

Any activity that diverts your attention away from driving can be a distraction. Drivers can endanger themselves and others by simply using their navigation devices, eating or drinking, or adjusting controls. The CDC reports that roughly 3,000 people die in motor vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver each year.

Be A Part of The Solution

Although we can't predict accidents or control the behavior of other drivers, we have a fundamental role in keeping our nation's roads safe by staying alert and practicing driving safety to limit what we give our attention to while driving.

If you or a loved one was involved in a crash involving a distracted driver, Manning Law, APC is here to assist you. Contact us today at (800) 783-5006 to schedule your free consultation and discuss your case.