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What are the dangers of distracted driving?

On Behalf of | Aug 22, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Distracted driving is extremely dangerous, because it creates situations on the road that can lead to severe, and potentially fatal, crashes. Distracted driving happens easily, unfortunately, which means it’s something that all drivers have to be on the lookout for at all times.

Distracted drivers put others in harm’s way, which is why it’s very important to look into how to avoid distractions when you’re on the road. Distracted drivers could cause all kinds of accidents, including:

  • Front-end collisions from crossing the center line.
  • Rear-end crashes because of failing to stop for traffic.
  • T-bone collisions from going through stop signs or red lights.
  • Side-swiping crashes from moving out of your own lane or failing to yield.
  • Pedestrian accidents from hitting someone in a crosswalk or on a sidewalk.
  • School zone collisions from failing to slow down in an area with children or teens.

On top of these problematic issues, driving while distracted can also lead to unsafe lane changes, speeding, sudden starts and stops and property damage.

What makes people drive when they’re distracted?

The problem with distractions is that there are so many of them. A driver might be distracted by being hungry or eating behind the wheel. They might be distracted because they are arguing with a passenger or trying to take a phone call. Even changing the radio station could be a distraction.

People continue to drive because they think they can manage these distractions and continue on. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and people do get hurt and hurt others because they overestimate their own abilities. Multitasking is not simple, and it isn’t something someone should be doing behind the wheel.

If you notice that someone is driving while distracted or you see someone driving oddly, it’s appropriate to call 911 or the police to report the driver. By doing so, you can help get them help if there is an emergency, or you can make sure they know that they’re acting dangerously and are cited as a dangerous driver. While it might seem extreme, calling for help may help prevent a serious crash.