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5 Common Distractions When Driving

Posted By Law Offices of Russ E. Robbins, P.A. || 31-Jul-2015

Distracted driving is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous problems for road safety. No matter what the distraction is, it can impair your ability to make quick reactions and can take your attention away from the road.

Some of the most common types of distractions include:

Texting & Phone Calls

Perhaps the most notorious type of driver distraction is texting or cell phone use. These days, many people rely on their smartphones for everything from online banking to video games—and even phone calls! Recent studies suggest that drivers who are distracted by cell phones may have even slower reaction time than drunk drivers.

Grooming

A very common sight among morning commuters is people who groom themselves while driving. The range of things people will do behind the wheel is staggering—from putting on makeup, to shaving a beard, nothing seems to be off limits these days. While some people can gargle mouthwash with both hands on the wheel, a burn from a flat iron could easily cause an accident.

Talking to Passengers

One of the more timeless driver distractions are the passengers sitting in your car. Any parent can certainly understand how distracting children can be, even when strapped into a car seat! Although adults should theoretically be more respectful, they too can get very loud and make it difficult to focus on the road.

Eating or Drinking

We’ve all been there—it’s late at night or you’re late for a meeting, so you hit the drive-through for a quick bite to eat. While eating a hamburger may seem safer than say, a plate of spaghetti, it still takes your hands off the wheel and your attention off the road.

Adjusting the Radio

Ever since the first car stereo was put into a Studebaker, drivers have been trying to change the station. Adjusting the volume, changing the radio station, or skipping to the next track can take your eyes off the road just long enough for a major accident. Luckily, newer cars have begun to implement convenient steering wheel controls to prevent these types of crashes.

Injured By a Distracted Driver? Get Fair Compensation

Although we may be amused when we see other drivers curling their hair or wolfing down a cheeseburger, these and similar distractions cause serious car accidents every day. If you’re suffering injuries as the result of a distracted driver, it’s vital to call an experienced Boca Raton car accident attorney.

At the Law Offices of Russ E. Roberts, P.A. our skilled legal team can fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Our firm focuses on personal injury cases to provide superior legal counsel, and have successfully recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients.

Call the Law Offices of Russ E. Roberts at (561) 362-5215. Our experienced lawyer can help you pursue fair compensation for your injuries!

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