Distracted driving is an interesting phenomenon. It’s very clearly dangerous and causes thousands of accidents every year. Many of these car crashes lead to injuries or even fatalities. It’s a well-known issue that all new drivers are taught about in driver’s ed and elsewhere.
But, even though most drivers know how dangerous distracted driving is, it keeps happening. Why is this? Often, it’s because it’s hard to break the habit.
Coffee during a commute
For example, have you ever driven past a Starbucks during your morning commute? Odds are that there’s a line of cars stretching all the way around the store. Many drivers like to get a cup of coffee on the way into the office, and then they drink it as they drive. But drinking or eating behind the wheel, even when not consuming alcohol, is still a significant driving distraction.
Using a cellphone
Although there are those who debate that phone use is an addiction, it has been shown to be habit-forming. People are consistently using their phones in a way that makes it almost second nature. When they get a notification, they’ll pick up the phone without even thinking about it. They know that texting and driving is dangerous and illegal, but it feels nearly impossible to break that habit.
Have you suffered injuries in an accident?
Because of these habits and behaviors, you do have to share the road with these distracted drivers every day. They’re going to continue causing crashes. If you have been injured in an accident, take the time to look into all of your legal options.