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Distractions while driving can come in many forms

When you get on the Maryland roadways, you want to be as safe as possible. Unfortunately, whenever you are a driver or a passenger in a vehicle, you face serious dangers. Though some risks of traveling by car cannot be avoided, many drivers do not take the time to drive as safely as they could. As a result, even more hazards are on the roads.

You already know that cellphones pose significant distraction in many areas of life. Even when individuals are participating in an activity that requires their undivided attention, like driving, too many still try to use their phones and other devices. As a result, they are not paying attention, which puts themselves, you and other travelers in danger. Of course, other distractions also play a role.

They did what while driving?

Some tasks are better left until a person is not driving or even in a car at all. Still, some people carry out distracting activities while behind the wheel all the time, some of which include the following:

  • Handling pets
  • Video chatting
  • Taking pictures
  • Making videos
  • Entertaining their children
  • Changing clothes
  • Carving fruit
  • Clipping nails
  • Checking social media
  • Answering emails
  • Reading
  • Watching videos

If these activities seem inappropriate while driving to you, you are correct. Any of these distractions could easily result in a driver not seeing a hazard ahead or not keeping a vehicle under control.

The cellphone issue

Even so, cellphone use continues to act as a prevalent distraction for drivers. In fact, some people consider texting and driving an addictive behavior and rank it alongside drinking and driving as far as dangerous activities go. Of course, cellphones do not take all the blame for technological distractions as navigation devices and touchscreens in vehicles also distract drivers.

Unfortunately, even if drivers have passengers in their vehicles, they may not feel the need to drive more safely. Although some admit to being more likely to pay attention to the road if they have a passenger, far too many still text, email or otherwise look at their phones with passengers in the car.

Did a distracted driver injure you?

Though you may do your part to lessen distracted driving by always paying attention, another driver may not have been so courteous. As a result, you suffered injuries in a serious crash caused by a distracted driver. This type of ordeal can be difficult to face, and you may need to consider your legal options for seeking compensation.