If you travel regularly either as a passenger or driver, the chances are you’ve been distracted or have even unknowingly been guilty of distracted driving. Being distracted behind the wheel may not seem like the most dangerous activity you could be doing when driving, tragically it took 2,841 lives in 2018 alone. As experienced accident attorneys, we’ve represented many distracted driving cases, helping hundreds of people to reach a settlement. Distracted driving by definition is a factor in a car accident that can easily be avoided but sadly, is all too common.
The 10 most common distractions when driving
According to Safe Start, the most common cause of distracted driving is being ‘lost in thought’ or daydreaming with over 62% of accidents reported as being distracted driving incidents. And that figure isn’t too surprising as driving or traveling tends to be the only opportunity many of us have to sit and think about our thoughts. As we tend to ponder issues, anxieties, and our general thoughts when sitting alone or in a quiet environment.
With the most common distraction being our own thoughts, we explore the other distractions people have cited as an excuse for causing an accident;
- 62%- Being “lost in thought” the biggest cause of distracted driving fatalities is a driver’s mind wandering for long enough to lead to a collision and tragically someone’s death.
- 12%- cellphones. It’s probably no surprise that the second-leading cause of deaths due to distraction-related car accidents is cellphones being used while driving- even the hands-free
- 7%- Known as “Rubbernecking” looking at a person, object or event outside is even more of a distraction than the person in the passenger seat!
- 5% Other people in the car can often be very distracting when you’re driving, which can result in a collision.
- 2% Using or reaching for something in the car like a satnav or cellphone can lead to a serious accident.
- 2% Fiddling with controls. Whether it’s adjusting the volume or fixing climate controls even a moment is a factor in a small number of traffic fatalities.
- 2% Eating and drinking. With every car having cupholders, it can be all too tempting to use them!
- 1% Smoking. One in a hundred accidents is related to lighting a cigarette, smoking, or putting it out.
- 1% moving objects in the car such as insects and pets can lead you to take your eyes off the road—and at least one source suggests that it may be an underreported cause of distraction.
- Lastly, 1% of distracted accidents are caused by using controls built in the car like mirrors or seatbelts
If you’ve been involved in an accident with a distracted driver or want some advice about your case, why not speak to our team today.