Distracted driving has been called a national epidemic, more dangerous than even drunk driving, and it’s not hard to see why.
Every year, thousands of people die in distracted driving incidents and even more are injured. Studies indicate that a driver who is distracted only observes about 50% of the pedestrians and vehicles around them.
Since everybody knows that distracted driving is a serious problem, why do they keep doing it?
It all comes down to the quirks of human nature
There are many reasons why people drive while distracted, but some of the most common reasons include:
- Lack of awareness: Many people do not realize how dangerous distracted driving can be. They may not understand the risks or consequences of their actions and may believe that they are still able to drive safely while distracted.
- Addiction to technology: People are increasingly reliant on technology and many find it difficult to disconnect even while driving. Smartphones, in-car infotainment systems, and other devices can be a major distraction, causing drivers to take their eyes off the road and their hands off the wheel.
- Busy lifestyles: People are often busy and feel the need to multitask while driving, whether it is making phone calls, responding to messages or emails, or even eating or drinking. Multitasking is a pervasive myth that too many people believe.
- Fatigue: Drivers who are tired or drowsy may have difficulty focusing and may be more prone to distractions. This is particularly true for drivers who have been on the road for long periods of time, such as commercial truck drivers.
- Impatience: Some drivers may become frustrated or impatient with traffic or other road users, and may use their phones or engage in other distracting behaviors to alleviate their boredom or frustration.
Even a momentary distraction can lead to an accident or collision, causing serious injuries or fatalities. If you’ve been injured or a loved one is killed in a distracted driving wreck, you have every right to seek compensation from the responsible party.