Top Causes of Distracted Driving
While using a cellphone to text, compose, read, or view electronic messages is perhaps the most common form of distracted driving, it is by no means the only one. In addition to cellphone use, other examples of distracted driving include:
- Talking on the phone (including a hands-free device);
- Changing the radio/music;
- Applying makeup;
- Attending to children or pets;
- Talking to passengers;
- Looking out the window/rubbernecking;
- Reading a map;
- Eating or drinking; and
- Any other behavior that takes attention from the act of driving.
Keep in mind that while some forms of distracted driving are illegal, such as texting while driving, others are merely purely negligent. Negligence is the failure to exercise a reasonable degree of care and is the foundation of a car accident/personal injury claim.