Have you ever driven while something was distracting you?
Chances are, your answer to this question was "yes." If your answer was "no," you may not even realize the small things that can distract a driver. It is next to impossible to get behind the wheel of a car and not encounter even one momentary distraction. You can, however, try your hardest to manage these distractions in an effort to operate your motor vehicle as safely as possible.
What's Distracting Fort Worth's Drivers?
Some of the most commonly discussed distractions involve cellphones, which could include talking on the phone, texting, dialing, or checking an app like Facebook. We hear so much about the dangers of texting and talking on the phone while driving for good reason: it's a huge problem. According to a study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, engaging in visual-manual subtasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing, and texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times.
There are, however, other distractions a driver can face that do not involve cellphones. Accidents can happen any time someone takes her eyes off the road, takes her hands off the wheel, or takes her mind off driving. This means distractions may include:
- Engaging in conversation with other passengers in the vehicle
- Trying to calm a crying child in the back seat
- Eating in the car while trying to run errands on a lunch break
- Applying makeup on the way to work
- Driving by an accident scene and trying to catch a glimpse of what is going on
- Typing a new destination into a GPS navigation system
- Playing with the radio, trying to find that perfect song
Because of simple distractions like these, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that each day in the United States, more than nine people are killed and more than 1,060 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.
Call an Auto Accident Attorney Who Fights Against Distracted Drivers
At the Law Offices of Tom Hall, we meet individuals all the time who have been seriously injured because of the negligent actions of a distracted driver in Fort Worth or the surrounding communities. Call us today at 817-831-6100 to learn more about how we can help you during this difficult time. Your first consultation is completely free.