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What is Distracted Driving?

Most people know that it’s against the law to text and drive. When texting and driving, the driver is distracted and can easily cause a car accident. But is texting and driving the only dangerous form of distraction? Definitely not. Here are some forms of distracted driving that aren’t necessarily illegal, but can be just as hazardous.

1. Eating and Driving

Many people eat while they drive, simply because they don’t have time to stop for a meal. However, eating and driving can be particularly distracting, no matter what you’re eating. Looking down for a second to wipe up a spill can be enough to rear end someone who stopped suddenly, or to run a stop light that just turned red.

2. Putting on Makeup and Driving

Often, women running late to work or an appointment will attempt to put their makeup on in the car. This can be a definite distraction and keeps you from paying full attention to the road and your surroundings. If you’re putting on mascara and looking in the rear-view mirror, you’re certainly not aware of the traffic in front of you.

3. Adjusting the Radio or the Temperature Controls

Naturally, drivers are going to want to adjust the radio while they’re in the car, or they’ll need to adjust the temperature controls. Drivers should learn their dashboards by feel, so they don’t need to look away from the road while making adjustments to the radio or the heating and air conditioning. Cars that have radio and temperature controls in the steering wheel make this task easier and less distracting.

4. Driving Fatigued

Driving especially fatigued is not all that different from driving while intoxicated. Your reaction time is reduced, your attention span is short, and you may not be able to see the road and the cars around you clearly. Avoid driving fatigued whenever possible.

Were You Injured by a Distracted Driver? Here’s Who to Call

If you were involved in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, the burden of proof can be significant. You must be able to prove that the driver was doing one or more things that would be considered reasonably distracting while driving and that distraction caused the accident. Contact the Law Offices of Donald J. Matson today to speak with a car accident lawyer to learn more about bringing forward an accident claim against a distracted driver.

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