April Is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Stay Safe On the Road & Avoid Common Distractions
More than 700 people are injured each day in crashes caused by distracted driving. Because of this, April has been designated National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. By being aware of some of the most common ways drivers become distracted, you can stop yourself from engaging in behavior that may lead to a collision.
Most Common & Most Dangerous Causes of Distracted Driving
Types of distracted driving that are commonly engaged in include:
Eating & Drinking
Many people engage in eating and drinking while driving as a way to save time. We even have a whole industry built around drive-thru windows so we can have access to “fast food.” However, eating and drinking while driving takes concentration and moves your focus off the task of driving.
Applying makeup, brushing your hair, or adjusting your clothing while behind this wheel requires your attention and hands to be engaged in an activity other than driving your car.
Adjusting Vehicle Controls
It is best to set your radio, make changes to your thermostat, and adjust your seat position before ever taking your car out of Park. If you wait until after you have begun driving, you could become too distracted and increase your risk of getting into an accident.
Engaging with Passengers or Pets
If you often drive with passengers in your vehicle, such as friends, children, and even pets, you are well aware of how easy it is to become engaged with them while becoming less aware of your car driving responsibilities.
Texting and Talking on Cell Phone
Cell phones can be a wonderful help, allowing us to keep in touch with those we love despite being miles apart. However, there is a time and place to speak with and text loved ones, and that time is not when you are behind the wheel.
We have all been guilty of daydreaming at one time or another. It can often be a nice escape from reality. Daydreaming while driving, though, can lead to the time you need to react to an emergency on the road being increased, and your ability to drive safely diminished.
Creating TikTok Videos
TiKTok has become a very popular social media trend, where everyday people are able to upload videos that are less than one minute long. Perhaps it is because the videos are less than one minute that many people believe filming a TikTok video while driving is acceptable. What they fail to realize is that while you are filing, you go into acting mode and you are clearly not concentrating on the task of driving. This dangerous behavior can lead to serious collisions and resulting injuries.
Talk With A Florida Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer at Clark Fountain
If you’ve been injured in an automobile accident that was caused by distracted driving, we are here to provide you with the help you need to recover the compensation you are owed. We also represent family members who lost loved ones in accidents caused by distracted driving. Contact our firm via our contact page to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable Florida distracted driving attorneys.