Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of deadly car accidents in the United States. In California, distracted driving injures or kills thousands every year. Here’s what you need to know about what causes distracted driving accidents and how you can get restitution for damages you’ve incurred.
Texting and Driving
Texting while driving gets the most press for causing accidents compared to other forms of distracted driving and for good reason: 78% of all distracted drivers are texting. 1 in 4 car accidents is caused by texting while driving and 330,000 accidents caused by texting result in critical injuries.
Talking to Passengers
Turning to face a passenger in the seat across from you or turning around to talk to passengers in the back can cause you to take your eyes off the road and possibly jerk the wheel.
Eating while Driving
Many people eat behind the wheel because they have no other choice and they only have time to eat while they’re driving or not at all. However, this activity can quickly cause an accident by restricting the driver’s ability to use both hands to operate the vehicle. Also, a knee-jerk reaction to a spill can result in the loss of control over the car.
Excessive Use of Dashboard Controls
The controls on your dash for things like the radio, heating and cooling, lights, and windshield wipers are designed to be used while you’re driving. However, excessive use or focusing too heavily on dashboard controls for an extended period of time can interfere with your ability to operate the vehicle. For example, you can usually safely change the radio station while driving, but it’s generally not safe to scroll through stations extensively while looking at the display.
Putting on Makeup
Many people put on makeup in traffic to save time on the way to work, especially if they’re late. This isn’t usually an issue when traffic is stalled, but some drivers continue to apply makeup while they’re driving. Looking in the mirror to put on mascara or concealer takes your eyes off the road for several seconds, which is long enough to cause a serious accident.
Were You Injured by a Distracted Driver? Contact an Experienced Attorney Today
If you were injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, don’t wait to get legal help. You may be eligible for financial compensation. Contact the Law Offices of Zink & Lenzi today for a consultation at (530) 895-1234. Serving Chico, CA and surrounding areas.