To most people, the term ‘distracted driving’ usually refers to texting while driving. Although texting and driving is a form of distracted driving, and against the law, there are many other types of distractions drivers contend with when behind the wheel. Although these other forms of distractions may not be against the law, a driver may still be found negligent when engaging in these behaviors. Accident victims can hold negligent drivers liable for providing compensation for any injuries or losses. For this reason, it is crucial that all drivers are aware of the different types of distractions, so they can avoid them.
Adjusting Controls in the Vehicle
Looking over to adjust the climate control in your vehicle, the radio, or any other type of control may seem like a fairly safe practice. When you do this though, you take your eyes off of the road, and you can cause an accident in that short moment. If possible, ask a passenger to make these adjustments, or use the controls on the steering wheel, if your vehicle is equipped with them.
Eating and Drinking
Of course, drinking alcohol and driving is illegal in California, but even a bottle of water can pose a hazard if you drink it while behind the wheel. You may have to unscrew the cap and maybe even tilt your head back. These actions force you to take your hands, eyes, and even your mind off of the road. Always eat and drink before you go and only replenish when you stop. If multiple stops are impractical, chewing gum and sucking on hard candies can help prevent thirst.
Listening to Earbuds
You do not only use your eyes to drive, you also use your hearing. Earbuds block out the ambient sound, which is very dangerous. When driving, you need to hear train signals, emergency vehicle sirens, or the signals from another driver who wants to get your attention. Simply do not use earbuds, not even in just one ear, while driving.
Kids and Pets
It may seem impossible to control kids and pets when you are transporting them in your vehicle. However, as some of the biggest distractions drivers face, it is important you do. Stop often so kids and pets can both stretch their legs, and keep the back seat fully stocked with activities and snacks for kids. Pet carriers or restraints are crucial to ensure that pets do not crawl around the car, which is a huge distraction.
Holding a Phone
Of course, texting and driving is still a major distraction on California’s roads and in fact, even holding your phone while driving in the state is illegal. Although you are allowed to talk using a wireless device, all drivers must remember that even having a conversation takes your focus from the road and can be dangerous.
Our California Car Accident Lawyer is Here to Help
Clearly, drivers face many distractions while out on the road and when they do not take the proper steps to avoid them, they may cause a crash. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, our San Francisco car accident lawyer is here to help. At the Brod Law Firm, we know how to hold distracted drivers liable for their actions to give you the best chance of securing the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (800) 427-7020 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation to speak with our skilled attorney.