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Almost everyone has a smartphone these days, and that distracted driving is more of a concern than ever before. What many do not realize is that distracted driving encompasses far more than just texting while operating a vehicle. Many drivers are eating food, adjusting the stereo, searching through their bags,or speaking with passengers, which can be a great hazard to them and to others on the road.

Now, of course, these distractions are not illegal, but a driver that is engaging in one or more of these behaviors during a collision will be deemed negligent in the court of law. That means they can be held liable by the victims of any resulting accident and his or her insurance company will be responsible for providing injury and loss compensation.

To avoid such scenarios, drivers must learn to be hyper-aware of the following common distractions:

  1. Children and Animals

    It can be difficult to control your children and pets when they are traveling in your car, but there are ways to make it easier. First of all, stop as much as you can on long rides to let both kids and pets to get a quick break and use the bathroom.

    On the road, simply keep your children’s seats filled with videos, books, and activities to entertain them, as well as small snacks and drinks.

    And, when it comes to pets, always use restraints or a pet carrier. When animals walk around in your vehicle, it can easily lead to distraction.

  2. Food and Drink

    Small things like eating a sandwich or drinking from a bottle of water can be really dangerous when done while driving. These are actions that require the use of your eyes and hands, which are both essential when operating a motor vehicle.

  3. Headphones and Earbuds

    Unlike listening to the radio, using earbuds and headphones can block out ambient sounds such as ambulance sirens, train whistles, or horns from other motorists trying to communicate with you, which can lead to serious accidents.

  4. Controls, Buttons, and Switches

    Adjusting the radio or climate control buttons may seem like an everyday occurrence, but doing these things takes ones focus off the road, even if only for a few seconds. Hence, it is always best to ask a passenger to help you out or wait until you are stopped at a stop sign or a red light, as there are more drivers on the road than ever before.

  5. Texting

    Texting while driving is one of the leading causes for car accidents and it is reported that you are 6 times more likely to cause an accident sending a text than if driving drunk. One out of four auto accidents in the United States happen due to texting while driving along with around 390,000 injuries per year.

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