Accident odds increase for all sorts of reasons — speeding, drinking and driving, driving at night, etc. However, one of the issues that people could avoid most easily if they attempted to do so is distraction. By committing to focus on the road, drivers could largely decrease their odds of getting into a wreck.
Different types of distractions change motorists’ accident odds by different amounts. However, it’s important to note that all distractions are unnecessary risks. Some of the worst distractions include:
- Texting behind the wheel, which increases accident odds by 23 times
- Talking on the phone, which makes an accident 1.3 times as likely
- Dialing a phone number, which increases the accident odds by 2.8 times
- Reaching to pick up the phone or to take it out of a pocket, which makes an accident 1.4 times as likely
All of these only deal with cellphone distractions. With the popularity of smartphones to today’s connected crowds, this is one of the biggest issues facing modern drivers.
Even so, it is important to remember that there are distractions that have noting to do with cellphones. Some examples include reading billboards, checking the GPS, changing the radio station, talking to passengers or children, eating and drinking, interacting with pets and attempting to do personal grooming tasks on the way to work or school.
You can make a personal choice to avoid distractions and focus on driving. It’s a very wise thing to do, and hopefully everyone will make that choice. However, we know that distractions still exist, and someone else could easily hit you and cause serious injuries. You need to know what legal options you have.