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9 Common (and Deadly) Driver Distractions – Insights from a Car Accident Lawyer in Marietta

Distracted driving is a leading cause of fatal accidents in the United States. According to Distraction.gov, 3,179 people died in 2014 because of distracted drivers. Those who are lucky enough to survive often face overwhelming medical bills, and many cannot return to work.

Drivers face more distractions today than ever before. The most common causes of distracted-driving wrecks include:

  • Being lost in thought;
  • Smartphones;
  • Outside events;
  • Passengers;
  • Reaching for items;
  • Eating and drinking;
  • Adjusting climate and audio controls;
  • Smoking;
  • And unexpected movements.

If you were injured by a distracted driver in Georgia, contact the Crosson Law Group, LLC. Ken Crosson is an injury attorney in Marietta who can evaluate your accident, gather evidence, structure your claim and handle settlement negotiations. You may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills and other damages.

Call 678-909-0770 to schedule a free initial consultation. You can also learn more about car accident claims in Georgia by visiting USAttorneys.com.

Here is a brief overview of nine distractions that cause serious collisions:

  1. Being Preoccupied

Daydreaming kills more people than any other distraction. It affects mental alertness and reduces reaction time.

  1. Smartphones

Texting behind the wheel can be deadly. According to the Federal Communications Commission, 40 percent of teenagers confess to texting behind the wheel. It is best to put your cellphone in the glove box before starting the engine.

  1. Outside Events

Outside distractions are particularly dangerous. Slowing down to stare at an accident scene or billboard can cause a fatal crash. Control your curiosity and stay focused on the road ahead.

  1. Passengers

The movements, activities and conversations of passengers can be immensely distracting. If your passengers are being rambunctious or loud, do not be afraid to speak up.

  1. Reaching for Items

When a driver reaches across a vehicle, he or she is not in an ideal position to react to an unexpected hazard. Also, the driver may not notice the leading car braking suddenly.

  1. Eating and Drinking

Eating and drinking is a common danger on the road. Fiddling with cup holders, wrappers, crumbs and spillage – even for a second – is enough time to cause a catastrophic accident.

  1. Adjusting Climate and Audio Controls

The simple act of changing the music or adjusting the air conditioner can result in tragedy. In fact, this accounts for 2 percent of distracted-driving deaths. Be sure to adjust your climate or audio controls before you hit the road.

  1. Smoking

Cigarettes, ashtrays and lighters can be deadly distractions. Smoking contributes to at least 1 in 100 distracted-driving deaths.

  1. Unexpected Movements

A sudden, unexpected movement in the car can draw the driver’s attention. Be sure to secure loose trash and other items in the vehicle. Also, do not let pets roam throughout the car.

If you were injured by a negligent driver, contact the Crosson Law Group, LLC. Mr. Crosson is a Marietta car accident lawyer who can protect your interests. He is a member of the Cobb County Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia and the State Bar of Virginia. Call 678-909-0770 to schedule a free initial consultation.