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Common Distractions While Driving

Common Distractions While Driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), eight (8) people are killed each day in a car accident involving a distracted driver. Distracted driving is defined as operating a vehicle while performing another activity that takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and/or your attention away from the primary task of driving.  

The following are some most common distractions while driving: 

  • Cellphones – Whether you are having a conversation over the phone or texting while driving, such actions are some of the most common causes of car accidents. Young adult and minor drivers are more likely to be distracted drivers than older drivers. 

  • Passengers – It is only natural or polite to talk to the person riding in your car. However, an engaging conversation with other occupants can take your mind away from the road and result in a serious accident. 

  • Adjusting controls – From the climate controls to the radio, there are many buttons to press and functions to use in your vehicle to help you feel comfortable driving. However, trying to find the right song or temperature can shift your attention away from driving. 

  • Eating and drinking – Many drivers admit to eating food or drinking beverages while driving. But what happens if you spill your drink, burn your hand, or make the wheel slippery? These events can ultimately result in a collision. 

  • Grooming – When people are in a rush, they may either apply makeup or brush their teeth while driving in order to save themselves some time. Unfortunately, these activities take your hands off the wheel and eyes off the road, which can lead to a crash. 

  • Spacing out – The most common cause of distracted driving accidents and fatalities in the United States is when a driver is “daydreaming” or “lost in thought.” When a driver is not focused on the task at hand, cognitive distraction can lead to an accident. 

If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a car accident in Las Vegas that was caused by a negligent driver, contact The Draskovich Law Group today at (702) 381-6590 for a free initial consultation. Let our experienced legal team help you maximize your entitled compensation. 


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