One of the main reasons that driving distractions are such a problem on America's highways is simply that there are so many distractions to choose from. Sometimes, it feels like not a drive goes by where you don't experience them.
Naturally, some of the biggest distractions are easy to pinpoint. They are things like:
- Using a cellphone
- Talking to passengers
- Reaching for things that fell on the floor
- Interacting with children or pets
- Doing personal grooming
- Singing along with the music or even dancing
- Looking at objects in the car or along the road
All of these things take a person's mind off of driving. Phone use is one of the biggest offenders, as people take pictures, read text messages, write text messages, use social media and much more.
But the reality is that almost anything can be a distraction and can cause an accident. For instance, one woman in New York saw a spider in the car, panicked, and totaled her vehicle.
"We know that it is easier for some drivers than others, but please try to teach new drivers and yourselves to overcome the fear [of spiders] and pull over to a safe place," the police department said after the crash. "Lives depend on it."
Drivers have to focus on driving. Cars are so commonplace in modern society that it's often easy for people to forget just what type of skill and concentration it takes to use them safely. When distracted drivers cause accidents that lead to serious injuries, those who get hurt must know what legal options they have.