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What counts as distracted driving?

| May 6, 2021 | Personal Injury |

A high percentage of drivers in Louisiana admit to engaging in distracted driving. Most people think of distracted driving as texting or scrolling through their phone, but it can also be something as simple as looking away from the road. Some distracted driving habits are more common than others — and more dangerous.

What are some common distracted driving habits?

Surprisingly, studies have shown that texting and driving isn’t the most common distracted driving habit. Instead, nearly 60% of Americans reported talking on the phone or drinking non-alcoholic beverages while driving. Almost 50% of Americans reported adjusting their radio while on the road.

Any of these behaviors can cause motor vehicle accidents. In fact, over 80% of Americans report being concerned about the prevalence of distracted driving. Despite this, over 40% of drivers admit to eating while they’re trying to drive. More than 80% of parents report that they still engage in distracted driving while they have kids in the car. Some people don’t even recognize their own habits. For example, 75% of drivers said that they don’t think using hands-free calling counts as distracted driving.

If a distracted driver hits your vehicle, you may wish to speak with a personal injury attorney about pursuing a lawsuit. A person only needs to look away for a second to cause an accident, and many people look away for several seconds or more on a regular basis.

What happens in a car accident?

A car accident could cause severe injuries like whiplash, concussion, brain damage, spinal cord damage, internal bleeding, burns, broken bones and much more. If you get into a car accident, talk to an attorney to see if you’re eligible for financial compensation.