Those involved in a road traffic accident are often distracted by something, either inside the vehicle or on the road around them. We take a look at the most likely causes of these distractions.
Common driver distractions
- Mobile Phones: Cell phone use is the leading cause of distraction causing accidents on the road. The risk of collision can increase by up to four times and with modern smart phones offering the ability to check email and send text messages the distraction is even higher.
- Playing with settings: Many drivers don’t realise that fiddling with air-conditioning, winding down windows, re-calibrating GPS devices or tuning the radio cause huge distraction and potential road accidents. Some studies have even suggested that just following GPS is distracting since they require similar cognitive attention levels as sending a text message.
- Passengers: Particularly a problem for young drivers with multiple passengers where they are larking about or with young children on the back seat squabbling and needing entertainment or attention. Statistically having one passenger seems to reduce the risk of accident but more than that can cause distraction.
- Consuming food or drink and smoking: Not taking into account drink-driving which is a huge danger on the road, even non-alcoholic beverages can take focus from the driver. A US report found that eating a burger is just as distracting as using a mobile phone and reduces the ability of the driver to react to difficult situations. Drinking coffee or other hot drinks is also a dangerous option since spills or burnt tongues can take the attention fully away from the task at hand.
- Outside distractions: Outside the car we are bombarded by advertising hoardings, pedestrians, cyclists, beautiful scenery and unusual things happening on the street and these can all be hugely distracting. The act of “rubbernecking” at the site of an accident often causes traffic to slow and can also be the cause of further accidents.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you suffered an injury in a car accident in the last three years that was not your fault then you might be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Calling Accident Advice Helpline on our Freephone number will help you find out if you want to proceed with the claim. Our friendly advisors will offer the best solution to your case and most claimants can deal with the entire process over the phone, not needing to go to court at all.
Start your claims process today, give us a call on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, for a free initial consultation regarding your accident on the road.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice