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.
- Daydreaming - 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.