By now, most Maryland residents are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, which is a factor in a high number of motor vehicle accidents each year. While most of us associate distracted driving with using our phones, there are many other things that contribute to distracted driving.
Although you make think that using your phone in hands-free mode can help you avoid distracted driving, this is not true. A study shows that you are distracted for up to 27 seconds after using a voice command to send a text or perform any other task.
Be mindful of your music and mood
Like many people you may listen to music to get through a long or dull commute, but music can affect the way you drive. Loud music may cause reduce your focus or concentration.
Your mood can affect the way you drive, particularly if you are angry, sad or stressed. Your emotions, particularly anger, can make you drive more aggressively or impulsively than you would otherwise.
One of the most annoying things about a long commute is having to use the bathroom. You may not want to stop for a bathroom break because you are afraid of being late for work, or missing the start of an event, but driving while physically uncomfortable can increase your chance of an accident.
Keep children and pets occupied
Children and pets are two other major causes of distracted driving. Both can take up most of your attention, taking your focus off the road. Keep pets in carriers and bring things to keep children entertained while you drive.
Even with these precautions, you may find yourself the victim of an accident involving distracted driving. The other driver may have engaged in these activities or behaviors.
An accident with a distracted driver could result in serious injuries, leading to massive medical expenses and time missed from work, in addition to severe mental and emotional suffering. Filing a personal injury claim with the help of an experienced attorney may bring victims some relief in the form of compensation.