On the road, many drivers become distracted as a result of cell phones and other electronic devices, such as tablets. However, it is essential for drivers and motorcyclists to recognize the other ways in which distracted driving takes place. Some distractions result in the inability to mentally focus on driving, while others involve taking hands off the wheel or eyes off the road.
Every year, distracted driving results in a significant number of injuries and deaths.
Different ways drivers become distracted
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides numerous examples of distracted driving. Texting, sending or reading emails and watching videos can cause many drivers to become distracted. Additionally, using a GPS or trying to read a map can divert a driver’s attention from the road.
Some distracted driving crashes have happened because drivers became distracted by passengers in their vehicle or because they tried to eat, drink or apply makeup behind the wheel. Looking at something alongside the road, such as a tourist attraction, or trying to read a billboard can also increase the chances of an accident.
The consequences of distracted driving
During 2019, distracted driving crashes resulted in roughly 424,000 injuries and led to the loss of more than 3,100 lives. 20% of deadly distracted driving accidents claimed the lives of those not in vehicles, such as bicyclists and pedestrians. From debilitating injuries to financial hurdles and mental scarring, distracted driving accidents create many serious challenges for victims as well as those they love.