When it comes to automobile accidents, most people assume that drunk or inexperienced drivers cause the most incidents. However, many of these car accident injuries are a result of distracted driving. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that approximately 391,000 people suffered injuries in 2015 as a result of distracted driving.
No matter how skilled people think they are at driving, getting distracted even for a second can be dangerous. Here are the most common types of distractions that result in vehicle collisions in Colorado.
Lost in thought
Sometimes there is no tangible explanation for why a driver ends up in an accident. People occasionally daydream or get lost in thought. While it happens to everyone, it is vital to remain focused on the road when behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Using a cell phone
It is illegal in the state of Colorado to use a cell phone while driving. Current legislation is under consideration that could result in much stiffer penalties for drivers caught texting while driving. The only exceptions for using a phone while driving include:
- Reporting a reckless driver
- Reporting a road hazard
- Reporting a fire
- Reporting a traffic accident
These laws came into effect after several fatalities occurred in the state. They are mainly for young people who may be more inclined to use smartphones while driving, but everyone needs to abide by the law.
It is not uncommon to be driving along and find something eye-catching. Perhaps there is an accident on the side of the road or another driver is doing something strange. Regardless, focusing on something else other than what is directly in front of the driver is dangerous. Drivers should not be engaging in rubbernecking.
There are plenty of other things that can cause a driver to become distracted, such as eating something or adjusting climate controls. However, everyone should be as safe as can be to avoid auto accidents.