What Causes Distracted Driving Car Accidents?

October 4, 2021
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Many motorists are guilty of being distracted while behind the wheel. Some drivers may feel they have been driving long enough to push boundaries. After years of driving, some motorists may even daydream, eat, or send a quick text message because they believe they can multitask. These drivers are too complacent, and they might not realize the dangers of distracted driving.

Many drivers think they can safely multitask, but this is not true. When you are in the car, you should only focus on driving.

Some common causes of distracted driving car accidents include:

  • Using a cellphone.
  • Personal hygiene.
  • Headphones or earpieces.
  • Talking to passengers or children in the back seat.
  • Navigation system.
  • Eating and drinking.
  • Paperwork.
  • Pets.
  • Smoking.
  • Daydreaming.

Anything that causes you to pay attention to other things besides the road, such as the radio, is a distraction. It is important to note that lack of sleep, being under the influence, and injury or sickness can also cause you to be distracted while driving.

What are the Dangers of Using a Cellphone While Driving?

A phone call, text, or facetime call consumes your attention, which is dangerous while behind the well. Many car accidents are caused by drivers using cellphones. Texting is a main culprit of distracted driving car accidents.

Texting while driving is dangerous because it steals the focus of the driver. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that texting while driving takes the driver’s attention off the road for about five seconds. During that time, the driver could have traveled the length of an entire football field.

What Should I Do After a Distracted Driving Accident?

It is important to seek medical attention, file a police report, and get witnesses information if it is possible. It is also beneficial to contact a lawyer for assistance. During such a stressful time, it is much easier to follow through with a case when you have committed and experienced legal counsel.

After a distracted driving car accident, you may be distressed, but you do not need to go through the legal process alone. A lawyer can help.

West Chester Car Accident Lawyers at Eckell Sparks Offer Legal Help to Those Injured in Distracted Driving Accidents

When you are in the car, your focus should be on driving. However, you cannot control other motorists, and you still can be injured in distracted driving accident. Our West Chester car accident lawyers at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. can help you if you were injured by a distracted driver. Call us at 610-565-3701 or contact us online for an initial consultation. Located in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout Delaware County, Chest County, and Montgomery County.