Ask anyone about a driving distraction, and the first thing they’re going to mention is texting and driving. For many, “distracted driving” is essentially a replacement term for texting and driving, and it’s almost always what they mean.
It is important to understand the risks posed by drivers who are texting, but it’s also important to know that this is certainly not the only distraction out there. Some of the others may be just as dangerous, even if you’re a bit surprised to read about them.
Driving with your children in the car
Studies have found that parents get distracted easily by their children. A parent has an almost obsessive need to interact with a child who is crying or pleading for something in the car. They may turn around to talk to them, try to hand them snacks, pick up toys and other items that got dropped on the floor, and much more. All of these activities are massively distracting and can cause accidents.
Listening to music while driving
Most people would agree that it’s common to turn on music as soon as you get in the car, but studies have determined that music signficantly impacts the way that you drive. Fast music can make you speed up, for instance. Songs that you love become distractions as you listen intently or sing along.
Drinking coffee or eating a meal
Fast food restaurants and coffee shops often have windows where you can pick up your food and drinks on the go. Some people do this every single day while commuting. There’s a risk to this fast-paced lifestyle, though, Eating and drinking in the car can take your eyes off of the road, not to mention taking at least one hand off of the wheel. These distractions cause accidents all the time.
Have you been injured?
As you can see, many distracted drivers likely do not even understand how distracted they are. If you get hit by one of these drivers and suffer serious injuries, you need to know how to seek financial compensation. You may need it to cover lost wages, medical bills and more.