It’s common to want to multi-task, but driving while distracted can cause a serious accident. Many people use their cell phone, put on makeup, or change the radio stations while driving. However, these habits can increase the risk of a crash. Here are 3 common driving distractions that can cause accidents and what to do if you or a loved one are injured in a collision.
1. Eating and Drinking
Many people eat and drink while in the car, especially when driving long distances. However, driving and eating at the same time can cause a driver to become distracted, especially if food is dropped a drink is spilled. Even eating travel-friendly foods while operating a vehicle can cause a driver to be preoccupied enough to cause a distracted driving accident.
2. Reaching for An Object in the Car
A significant form of distraction in a car is reaching for something that is either on the floor, in the backseat, or in the passenger seat. Not only is a driver not paying attention to the road at the time they are reaching for something, they may also inadvertently jerk the wheel, causing the car to swerve out of their lane. This may cause a collision with another vehicle, or cause the driver to overcorrect when they realize what has happened.
3. Using a Hands-Free Phone or Other Device
Many people believe that a hands-free device is okay to use while driving. However, even hands-free devices like phones or GPS systems can cause a driver to become distracted enough to cause a car accident. A driver who is using a hands-free electronic device is unable to pay full attention to the road and cannot react in an emergency situation.
When to Contact a Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident that you believe may have been caused by a distracted driver, you may be eligible for compensation for the damages you’ve incurred. At the Law Offices of Carl L. Brown, we have the resources and skills to provide you with comprehensive legal support and will go above and beyond the call of duty to see that justice is done and negligent drivers are held responsible for their actions.
Call a car accident lawyer today for a consultation at (559) 431-4400.