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Do You Know These 5 Common Causes of Distracted Driving Accidents?

By Luke Dow on February 06, 2017

In 2014, more than 3,170 people died in distracted driving accidents, and at least 431,000 sustained injuries, according to Distraction.gov. Texting, chatting with passengers, adjusting your GPS – these seemingly benign actions can have deadly consequences behind the wheel.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration groups all driver distractions into three categories: visual, manual and cognitive. Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions because it falls into all three categories.

Unfortunately, no matter how responsible you are behind the wheel, you cannot control the actions of other drivers. If you were injured by a distracted motorist in Texas, contact The Luke Dow Law Firm.

Luke Dow is a board-certified auto accident attorney in Austin who will help you pursue the maximum compensation. Mr. Dow will help you avoid costly mistakes such as overlooking certain damages or making recorded statements to insurance adjusters.

Call 512-518-4104 today to schedule a free consultation. You can also visit the USAttorneys website to learn more about car accident claims in Texas.

Read on to learn about five common causes of distracted driving crashes:

  1. Cell Phone Use
Distraction.gov cited an NHTSA study that revealed some alarming facts about cell phone use behind the wheel. An estimated 660,000 drivers are manipulating electronic devices or using cell phones any given daylight moment. According to The Texas Tribune, it is illegal for drivers in Austin to text behind the wheel.
  1. Interacting with Passengers
Although all drivers can be distracted by passengers, teenagers are particularly vulnerable. Data from TeenDriverSource.org shows that a teenage driver’s risk of getting in an accident increases by 300 percent when he or she is transporting two or more peer passengers. The risk is even higher among male teenage drivers; they are six times more likely to execute an illegal maneuver while transporting a peer passenger.
  1. Grooming
Grooming might seem harmless in stopped traffic, but it is never safe to comb your hair or put on makeup behind the wheel. Like texting, grooming impairs your cognitive, physical and visual abilities – so it is much more dangerous than other driver distractions.
  1. Eating or Drinking
Many early-morning commuters try to fit in a few more minutes of sleep by eating their breakfast on-the-go. However, this habit can have deadly consequences. All it takes is one spilled cup of coffee to cause a crash.

One study in the United Kingdom revealed that, within the past year, 62 percent of drivers had eaten behind the wheel. If you look away from the road for just two seconds while travelling 55 mph, you will have travelled at least 50 yards.

  1. Reading
Reading a map can take your eyes off the road long enough to cause a crash. Looking away from the road for just two seconds doubles your risk of getting in an accident, according to the American Automobile Association.

If you were hurt or lost a family member due to a distracted driver in Texas, contact an Austin injury lawyer from The Luke Dow Law Firm. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a free initial consultation.

 

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