Texting and driving is the most commonly cited activity that qualifies as distracted driving. You’ve probably seen drivers on their phones at stoplights or in the car next to you. It can be very frightening to know that you’re sharing the road with someone who isn’t paying attention.
But it’s also important to note that cellphones are not the only distraction drivers face. Texting isn’t the only issue that leads to car accidents.
Activities you should avoid
You’ll certainly want to avoid distraction and focus on safety when driving to avoid causing an accident. To help you do so, here are a few other causes of distraction to keep in mind:
- Talking to passengers
- Parents talking to children
- Interacting with pets
- Looking at outside distractions, such as billboards or other car accidents
- Eating and drinking while on the road
- Reaching to pick up an item, such as a phone or a map
- Using a GPS device
- Using the phone to play media, such as streaming music or an audiobook
- Adjusting the climate controls
- Adjusting the mirrors and other systems within the vehicle
Some of these distractions are things that people do every day without thinking twice. They certainly don’t consider it dangerous to drink a cup of coffee on the way in to work in the morning. There’s a reason that the drive-thru at your local Starbucks is probably packed every morning. Even drivers who never text and believe they are focused on safety may still get distracted in numerous ways.
Seeking financial compensation
Have you been injured by a negligent driver? You could be facing high medical bills, lost wages and many other costs. Make sure that you know how to seek any financial compensation that you’re rightfully owed.