Distracted driving is dangerous. In 2019, distracted driving claimed 3,142 lives. Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. Can you think of any activities that you do while driving that may be dangerous? Below we will discuss the top causes of distracted driving and how to avoid them.
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Top Causes of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving has many causes. Below we will discuss the top causes including the following:
- Cell phone use
- Lack of focus
- Eating or drinking
The goal of the below discussion is to help you identify your distractions and how to fix them. Unfortunately, not all drivers make the decision to drive distraction free. If you are injured by a distracted driver, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The team at Anthem Injury Lawyers provides expert representation to make sure you get maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 for a free consultation.
Cell Phone Use
Cell phone use is one of the leading causes of distracted driving accidents. It can be difficult to put down your cell phone, even if you are supposed to have two hands on the wheel.
Cell phone use is not only dangerous, it is also illegal in Nevada. Under Nevada Revised Statute 484B.165(1), it is illegal to do the following while operating a motor vehicle on a Nevada highway:
- Manually type or enter text into a cellular telephone or other handheld wireless communications device, or send or read data using any such device to access or search the Internet or to engage in nonvoice communications with another person, including, without limitation, texting, electronic messaging and instant messaging.
- Use a cellular telephone or other handheld wireless communications device to engage in voice communications with another person, unless the device is used with an accessory which allows the person to communicate without using his or her hands, other than to activate, deactivate or initiate a feature or function on the device.
How To Avoid Cell Phone Use
Cell phones can be difficult to put down. We use them for more than communication. We also use them for music and directions. However, these useful tools can cause more harm than good. Looking at and touching a cell phone takes a driver’s attention away from the task of safe driving.
The best way to avoid cell phone use while driving is to put the phone somewhere where it cannot be accessed. You can safely store your cell phone in the center console or in the glovebox. You can also limit cell phone distractions by silencing the phone and/or turning off all notifications. This can reduce the temptation to pick up the device.
Other passengers in your vehicle may demand your attention. You may find yourself engaged in conversation and not paying attention to the road. If you have children, you may be distracted by their requests and/or needs.
Communicate With Your Passengers
While you cannot silence your passengers like you can silence your cell phone, you can take steps to ensure that you are less distracted by your passengers. If your passenger wants to engage in conversation, simply request that they pause the conversation until you safely arrive at your destination.
You can also work with your children on creating a safe driving environment. Talk to your children about your responsibility as a driver. Explain that it is your job to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the steering wheel. When you are driving, resist the urge to reach into the backseat or to look at the backseat. If something is demanding your attention, safely pull off the road to resolve the issue.
Lack of Focus
When you spend a lot of time behind the wheel, it can be easy to get lost in thought. Letting your mind wander can be dangerous. In fact, one study found that daydreaming was the leading cause of distracted driving.
Practice Mindful Driving
How can you avoid daydreaming or getting lost in thought while behind the wheel? It may be a challenge. Especially if you are used to letting your mind wander. One solution may be to practice mindful driving. Whenever you find yourself letting your mind drift, remind yourself to focus on the task at hand. The task at hand is safe driving. After a while you may be able to modify your habits so that when you are behind the wheel you choose to focus instead of letting your mind wander.
Eating or Drinking
Many of us live in our cars. We use our vehicles to drive to and from work and school and practices and appointments. These trips take place during many of our meal and snack times. As such, it is expected that we eat and drink in our car.
Unfortunately, if you are the driver, eating and drinking can be dangerous to you and others on the road. Eating and drinking can take your eyes and hands off of the road. Both of which are important to safe driving.
Pull Over To Eat
Now is a great time to break your habit of eating and/or drinking while driving. If you need a snack, take a moment to enjoy it by pulling off to a safe spot. Pulling over to eat is a safe decision. Focusing on your snack may also make it taste better and help ensure that you don’t make a mess.
EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
We hope this discussion helps you make responsible driving decisions. If you are injured by a distracted driver, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. A personal injury lawyer can help you protect your rights and navigate the complications that come with a distracted driving accident.
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