It’s not uncommon from time to time to become distracted while driving. Unfortunately, the results can prove fatal. Even the simplest distraction could result in you becoming seriously injured in a Daytona Beach car accident.
Here is a list of seven of the most common driving distractions that you may encounter:
- Cell-phone use. Cell phones have become a convenient part of life. However, studies show that the use of cell phones while driving causes a great number of accidents each year. To answer a call or dial a number requires you to take your eyes off the road. This increases your chances of being involved in an accident.
- Texting and driving. Texting and driving may be more dangerous. It takes more time to read or send a text message, meaning more time that your eyes are off the road. It’s a great idea to put your phone in the back seat or trunk when driving. This might minimize the temptation to use your phone.
- Other accidents. Slowing down or stopping to look at another accident can land you in a collision. It’s common for motorists to be involved in rear-end collisions when passing through accident scenes. Keep your attention focused on driving at all times.
- Your radio and GPS. Your hands should be kept on the steering wheel at all times. Adjusting your radio dial, CD player, or inputting coordinates into your GPS requires at least one hand and may also cause you to take your eyes off the road. This is a dangerous combination. You should adjust all dials before taking your car out of park.
- Grooming. Personal grooming such as putting on makeup, combing your hair, and shaving also requires the use of at least one hand. This should be done before you get into your vehicle.
- Eating on the go. It’s very common to grab some fast food for the road. Eating and drinking requires multiple hand movements and can make it difficult to respond to sudden road hazards such as pedestrians or stopping vehicles.
- Pets. Pets are equally as dangerous. They should never be allowed to travel on your lap or in the front seat. Any quick movement on their part can cause you to lose control of your vehicle and result in a major collision.
Those you share the roadways with
Unfortunately, those you share the Florida roadways with may not practice the same safe-driving habits as you do. Their actions can result in you suffering a serious injury in a car accident. If your injuries were the fault of another driver, you may be able to hold them responsible for your damages.
Your next step
The experienced team at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. can help you recover financially for your injuries. We have helped countless car accident victims get the compensation they deserve. We can help you, too.
If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, contact one of our Daytona Beach car accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890. We can help you determine your next course of action.