When people hear the term “distracted driving,” their minds often automatically go to texting and driving. While texting is a serious distraction and is illegal in many states, it is not the only distraction that can potentially cause critical or deadly car accidents. Learn about other forms of distracted driving and what you can do if you or a loved one were hurt in an accident caused by a distracted driver.
Radio and Temperature Controls
Changing the radio or the temperature controls can be distracting if the driver has to take his or her eyes off the road to do it. This is more often the case with new cars that drivers aren’t familiar with. Drivers should always learn to operate their radio and car temperature by touch. If driving with a passenger, ask them to change the radio or temperature instead.
Eating and Driving
Today’s busy lifestyles often leave little time for sitting down for a meal. This means that many people eat and drive at the same time. While eating a burrito while driving isn’t necessarily distracting, unexpected issues — like spills — can cause a collision if the driver attempts to clean up while driving.
Putting On Makeup and Driving
Makeup application is another example of dangerous multitasking. Throwing on some lip gloss at a stop light is one thing. However, putting on foundation, eyeshadow, and mascara while driving can be very dangerous and makes the risk of getting into an accident much higher.
When to Contact an Attorney
If you or a loved one were hurt in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, it’s crucial to reach out to an experienced lawyer. While the police will do their own investigation, they may not uncover all the evidence needed to prove your case.
At the Law Office of Carl L. Brown, we can help you determine if your accident was caused by distracted driving. We will zealously pursue the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us today for a consultation by calling (559) 431-4400.