According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10% of all fatal car accidents in the U.S. from 2012 to 2017 were caused by distracted drivers. Distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,166 people in 2017 alone.
Distracted driving is a broad term because so many things could divert a driver’s attention from the road.
A few examples of distracted driving include:
- Texting, talking, or using social media on your phone while driving
- Eating or drinking
- Adjusting driver controls
- Attending to the needs of other passengers in the car, including young children
- Using a GPS system or navigation app
The NHTSA considers mobile phone texting the most alarming distraction, and the problem seems to be increasing yearly.
While texting and driving affect millennials more than any other generation, including Generation Z, it seems that this problem affects every demographic and is particularly hazardous to the safety of everyone on the road.
Texting while driving comprises all three types of distracted driving: manual (taking your hands off the wheel), cognitive (distracting your mind), and visual (taking your eyes off the road).
How to Prevent Distracted Driving
As drivers, we all must pay attention to the road and other vehicles around us. To make sure you’re paying attention at all times, keep these tips in mind:
- Put your phone away. If you need to, put it in a purse, backpack, or console until you reach your destination. Even hands-free features like speakerphone or other settings can be distracting, so the best thing to do is to put conversations on hold until you’re done driving.
- Get a good night’s sleep, and never drive while exhausted.
- Don’t eat or drink while driving.
- Always get ready before you leave the house. The car is no place to apply makeup or do your hair.
- Set your navigation system, and don’t touch it. GPS systems or mobile apps are helpful, but only if they get you to your destination in one piece.
Hurt in an Accident with a Distracted Driver? We Can Help
If a distracted driver causes you harm, you have the right to hold them accountable for your injuries and damage to your property. Turn to the New York car accident lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP as soon as possible, and we’ll help you understand your rights and legal options during a free, no-obligation consultation. Call us at (212) 779-0057 to schedule yours today.