According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than fifteen people a day die due to the results of distracted
driving. Given this danger, it may be wise to take a moment to consider
our own habits. Below are some of the most common causes of distracted driving.
Eating or Drinking While Driving
- Georgians spend more and more of their time commuting, so it is not surprising
that people try to maximize the effectiveness of their time by eating
on the road. (The great American invention–the drive through window–was
made for such habits). But many drivers fail to recognize the potential
such “freeway meals” have for causing distracted driving.
A spilled coffee or a grease-dripping hamburger can cause a driver to
take his or her eyes of the road at the wrong time. Be wise in selecting
foods that will not cause you to become distracted, or better yet, eat
before hitting the road.
Keeping an Eye on Others in Your Vehicle
- We don’t always drive alone. Some kinds of companions need our
attention while driving, and this can cause us to be distracted. Two types
of passengers–animals and children–pose special challenges
to our attention. Letting an animal roam free through the cabin of a vehicle
is a recipe for distraction. Additionally, a crying or fussing child can
pull your gaze from the roadway. Before hitting the road, make sure that
your animals are secure and that your children have the necessities (toys,
drinks, food, etc.) likely to occupy them during the drive. If either
need your attention, be sure to pull over to help.
Fiddling With Electronics
- The cellphone is a huge cause of distraction among Georgia drivers. People
who text, email, or browse the internet while driving can cause serious
accidents, in large part because they do not realize how long their eyes
are off the road when viewing those little screens. But cell phones are
not the only problems. Fiddling with other electronic systems, like stereo
or navigation systems, can cause drivers to fail to see dangers on the
road. Take a moment to set your stereo and punch in your navigation settings
before getting underway. If you are susceptible to viewing your phone
while driving, consider turning it off while you’re in the car.
- Let’s face it – driving is kind of boring. For those of us
who have driven for years, our brains can kind of go into autopilot. Before
too long our minds can wander. We can relive a conversation we had that
day, or imagine the details of an upcoming trip. All of a sudden we realize
that we haven’t been paying attention to what we’re doing.
If you are a daydreamer, make a concerted effort to avoid the habit when driving.
Getting Help in Georgia When You Have Been in an Accident
If a distracted driver has caused you or a loved one to be injured in an
automobile accident, it is essential that you contact a skilled Atlanta
car accident attorney without delay. If you have questions about who may
be at fault for your injuries, how to deal with claims adjusters, or whether
you may recover for your damages, the
personal injury attorneys at Goldstein and Hayes, P.C., can answer your questions and assess your case.
We have years of experience helping personal injury victims navigate the
Georgia legal system to hold those responsible for their injuries accountable.
Contact us today.