It’s not uncommon to become distracted when behind the wheel. Unfortunately, the simplest driving distraction can result in you becoming seriously injured in a San Diego auto accident. That is why you should be familiar with some of the common driving distractions that you may encounter and how to avoid them.
Here are seven of the most common driving distractions:

  • Texting and driving. Texting and driving is one of the most dangerous things you can do when operating a vehicle. It requires the use of your hands, as well as takes your eyes off the road for many seconds at a time. You may not be able to respond to a sudden road hazard, such as a pedestrian or stopped vehicle.
  • Talking on your cell phone. Though it is illegal in California to text and drive, many motorists still succumb to the temptation. Receiving or making a call requires the use of at least one hand and requires you to take your eyes off the road. You should consider turning your phone off or putting it in the back seat or trunk when driving.
  • Traveling with children. A simple conversation among kids can quickly turn into fighting and bickering. You may be tempted to turn your head around to scold your kids. Again, your eyes are off the road. You should pull to the side of road before dealing with your children.
  • Traveling with pets. Your pet should never be allowed to travel in your lap or in the front seat. They are unpredictable and may suddenly jump into your lap. This may cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Make sure they are safely secured in the back seat.
  • Conversing with passengers. You could be at risk of a car accident by engaging in deep conservations with your passengers. Make sure you keep your full attention on driving when talking with other people in your vehicle.
  • Eating and drinking while driving. It takes multiple hand movements to consume a meal while driving. By taking even one hand off the wheel can make it difficult to respond to sudden road hazards. You should consume your meal before turning on your car.
  • Personal grooming. The same goes for personal grooming. It takes at least one hand to shave, apply makeup, or do your hair. These activities can lead to a serious auto accident and should be done before you get into your vehicle.

The unpredictability of other drivers

Those with whom you share the Southern California roadways may not practice the same safe-driving habits you do. Their distractions could result in you or a loved one being injured in a wreck. You might be able to hold them liable for your damages if their distractions caused your injuries.

Your next step

Keith J. Stone has helped countless auto accident victims recover for their damages. He has the experience to help build your case, defend your rights, and make sure you get the compensation you deserve. He can also help you negotiate with the other driver’s insurance company.
While you are on our website, be sure to order a free copy of our informative guide, What to Do in an Auto Accident.
If you were injured in an auto accident caused by a distracted driver, call San Diego auto accident attorney Keith J. Stone at (619) 531-2022 or 888-59-HELP-NOW. He will be able to help you determine your next steps.

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