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Why It’s Important to Not Be Distracted While Driving

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While using a cell phone without speaker function counts as distracted driving and is the most popular example, so does changing radio stations, eating food, conversing with passengers, looking at an issue of Cosmopolitan, applying makeup, reading a book (in hands-free mode), and basically anything else that prevents you from giving your full attention to the road. This article will outline the dangers of being distracted while driving, not only for yourself, but also for other people on the road.

Distractions Mean A Lawsuit

Distractions mean lawsuits for drivers who are distracted while driving. If you get into an accident because of a distraction, the people who were injured or killed might be able to sue you – and they probably will, then you’ll have to hire lawyers who are car accident specialists to defend you. This is especially true if it’s clear that the only reason you got into the car accident was because of your own lack of self-control.

Distractions Cause Injuries

Distractions cause injuries as well as accidents. If you’re not paying attention while driving, it can be easy to cause an injury to yourself or others. For example, if you get distracted and forget to turn, drive straight through a stop sign without braking, or swerve into the lane of oncoming traffic when looking at your phone, it’s possible for you to injure other people in addition to yourself. The most common car accident injuries are:

Whiplash

Whiplash is a common injury from car accidents. This happens when the neck and head are whipped quickly backwards and forward. If you’re in a car accident, it’s possible that you could sustain whiplash if your head slams into the headrest or dashboard.

Traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can include long-term effects such as memory loss, seizures, sleep problems, mood changes, confusion, disorientation, loss of coordination, and impaired judgement among other things. These injuries can be caused when the head slams against a hard surface inside the vehicle during an accident.

Broken bones

Broken bones are another common car accident injury. This happens when you slam into something and your bone breaks, such as the steering wheel or the windshield. If you hit your head at this time, it’s very possible that you could break your nose or fracture some other part of your face (like your cheekbone).

Back injuries

Back injuries are one of the most common car accident injuries. This happens when you slam into the steering wheel during an accident. These can also be caused by whiplash, which is what you get when your head is forced backwards and forward quickly, as explained above.

Soft tissue damage

Soft tissue damage refers to any other injuries that aren’t related to bones; many soft tissues in the body might be injured in a car accident, such as ligaments and tendons in addition to muscles and nerves. This type of injury could include bruises, strains, tears (from extreme pressure), etc.

Distractions Cause Death

Distractions cause death in more ways than one. One of the most obvious forms in which distractions can lead to death is in incidents in which a driver dies because they’re not paying attention while driving their car at very high speeds. However, distraction can also lead to death indirectly – if you get distracted while driving your car on the road, for example, it’s possible that you’ll hit someone else’s car while you’re not paying attention. If you get distracted and hit another car, the people in the other car are more likely to die than they would be if you weren’t distracted.

Distractions Cause Property Damage

In addition to injuries and fatalities, distractions also cause property damage. There’s no question that distractions lead to costly damages for yourself and others. The most common ways that distracted driving causes property damage include:

– Smashed windshields and windows, due to the steering wheel and other objects becoming projectiles after an impact

– Broken side mirrors and lights, which can be easily broken if impacted by another object or person at high speeds

– Fenders, hoods, bumpers, etc., which are dented in car accidents caused by distractions – again due to those objects becoming projectiles as a result of high speeds.

If you distract yourself, the consequences are severe; because distractions can lead to property damage, injuries and death and legal trouble. With all factors considered, remember: don’t get distracted while driving!

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Written by Chelsy Ranard

Chelsy is a writer from Montana who is now living in Boise, Idaho. She graduated with her journalism degree in 2012 from the University of Montana. She loves embarrassing television, listens to talk radio, and likes her cat more than she likes most people even if the feeling isn’t mutual.

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