Top 5 Driver Distractions
According to a recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 80% of all vehicle crashed involve driver distraction as a major contributing factor. This clearly indicates that distracted driving is far and away the leading cause of collisions, injuries, and accidental death on the road, and should be regarded as the dangerous and negligent behavior that it is.
More accidents are caused by driver distraction than slippery roads, drunk drivers, or car defects combined, and it is essential that drivers maintain their attention on the roadway and the physical operation of the vehicle in their control.
Anything that pulls a motorist’s attention away from the business of steering and controlling your vehicle can result in an accident, but the following are the five most common driver distractions:
- Cell phone use
- Reaching for a moving object in the car
- Looking at an object outside of the car and outside of the vehicle’s line of travel
- Putting on makeup
Engaging in any of these activities dramatically increases the likelihood that one will be involved in a serious accident, and when reckless drivers around you are likely to suffer the consequences.
If you have suffered an injury in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you are likely entitled to compensation for your resulting medical expenses and other damages. Contact the experienced Des Moines car accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 for a consultation to discuss the details of your case.