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Examples of driver distractions that don’t involve a cellphone

On Behalf of | Aug 27, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Many driving distractions do involve the phone. A lot of drivers cause accidents while texting and driving, for example, and there are also cases of people using social media while they drive. Phone addiction is real and it’s a serious problem.

But it’s also important to note that the phone isn’t the only thing that distracts a driver from the road. There are many ways that someone can get distracted and cause a crash. Here are just a few examples:

Adjusting the vehicle controls

In some cases, you need to adjust the controls to raise or lower the steering wheel, or to set the mirrors so that they cover your blind spots. It’s wise to make these adjustments before you start driving so that you don’t have to do it while the car is in motion.

Eating and driving

It’s very common for people to eat while they drive. Some of them may be having an entire meal while they commute to or from work, while others may just be having a snack on a road trip. It’s always dangerous because it means you have to take your hands off of the wheel.

Talking to passengers

Even having people in the car with you can increase your odds of an accident. Turning your head to talk to a passenger is a distraction because you’re thinking about the conversation and you’re looking at that person, rather than the road.

Serious injuries

As you can see, there are an incredible amount of potential distractions. Even if you avoid them, other drivers are not going to do so, and one of them may cause a car accident that leaves you with severe injuries. If you’re facing overwhelming medical bills and other costs, you need to know if you can seek compensation.