Why is Distracted Driving Dangerous?
Whether we’re turning around to quiet down the kids, texting, or in a hurry, distracted driving is everywhere. However, driving in this manner is not “normal”. In busy cities like Miami, it’s more important than ever to keep eyes on the road at all times. Distracted driving is something that as drivers, we can prevent by simply ignoring everything except the road. In the event something is urgent, pulling over to safety is always an option.
This Shaked Law Resource article presents everything drivers need to know when it comes to the prevention of distracted driving. Preventing accidents resulting from distracted driving is easier than it appears. We’ll cover types of distracted driving and the consequences of its recklessness.
What is reckless driving?
What we may consider everyday occurrences can be detrimental and disastrous when they occur on the road. This is reckless driving. Recklessness results when a driver knows their actions are harmful, but continues to pursue them.
Turning around to ask the kids to be quiet and running a red light or being in the habit of looking at our phones whenever they light up with a text or a call thus missing a turn and causing an accident are just two examples of things we do in our daily lives that, when we become reckless and do those same things in a car, can be disastrous.
What are the consequences of distracted driving?
The consequences of distracted driving are far reaching. Not only is reckless driving an example of breaking the law, when wrongful death results, criminal charges may follow. Aside from legal consequences a driver faces for answering a text or turning around to quiet down the kids, there are physical consequences for reckless driving.
The consequences of reckless or distracted driving can be physically severe. On the medical side, TBI, whiplash, back, spine, and other injuries result from incidents of reckless driving. Not only is there potential for a car accident, there’s also potential for serious legal consequences.
What are driving distractions?
Personal Injury lawyers see car accident victims daily. Some of the causes of car accidents that lawyers see on a daily basis are due to the reckless or distracted driving of another.
Below, we list common causes of reckless driving that result in physical injuries:
- Eating. Trying not to spill can have deadly consequences. It’s reckless to attempt eating while operating a car. Eating is easily the #1 cause of distracted driving.
- Putting on makeup. This should be done when the car is in park, or before leaving the house.
- Texting while driving
- Holding the phone while driving. There are multiple options for avoiding this common cause of accident. Using the car’s bluetooth, or a phone mount are two of them.
- Playing with the radio, iPod, or CDs
- Using the GPS while the car is moving. Upon realizing you’re lost, the best bet is to pull over and reset the Maps app safely.
The best thing to do while driving is simple: drive!
If it can “possibly” be distracted driving, don’t do it. Putting the phone down may seem stressful when expecting an important text but remember, we all want to get to where we’re going to receive that text or that call. It’s even more important to remember that so many of us drive with children in the car, and protecting their lives should be a priority.
It’s important to remember that despite how normal it may be for us to parent our children or answer a text message, we should never do these things in a moving car. Driving should be the sole focus of the person behind the wheel.