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How Distracted Drivers Cause Accidents

There are many road dangers that can pose an accident risk — such as unforeseen roadblocks, malfunctioning traffic lights, and occasional sun glare. However, there are some hazardous distractions that are within a driver’s control and can be avoided. Here are some of the most common driving distractions to steer clear of.

Cell Phone Use

Texting and talking on the phone, while driving, is one of the leading causes of car crashes today. Cell phone use involves the following categories of driver distraction:

  • Visual - Taking eyes off the road
  • Manual - Taking hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive - Paying attention to anything else other than driving

Looking Away from the Road

Anything happening in or out of a vehicle, causing the driver to look away, is a distraction — and it does not take much for this to occur. Even disorderly children can be a problem. Five seconds with the eyes away from the road at 55 mph calculates to the length of a football field — which is more than enough time to cause a serious or potentially deadly accident.

Eating and Drinking

We all have hectic schedules and try to cut corners when it comes to saving time. However, eating and drinking while behind the wheel is something to avoid. Many times, eating involves switching hands while driving, which is always a bad practice — and sipping a cup of coffee also requires hands to be removed from the steering wheel. It’s best to save meals and coffee breaks for when you aren’t on the road.

Contact a Fort Myers Accident Attorney

If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact Viles & Beckman, LLC today at (239) 208-5223 for a free case evaluation. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are ready to answer all of your questions and ease your concerns.