Unusual Forms of Distracted DrivingJanuary 7, 2019
Distracted driving can cause serious car accidents resulting in significant injuries and even fatality. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports over 3,500 individuals suffer fatal injuries each year in distracted driving accidents. Almost 500,000 more people are injured as a result of distracted driving. Drivers in their 20s are most likely to be involved in a fatal distracted driving accident.
While most public awareness campaigns aimed at reducing distracted driving focus on the most common types of distractions, such as texting or talking on cell phones, many other driving behaviors can distract drivers. The following are some of the more unusual types of distracted driving behavior.
Personal Grooming Activities
Drivers who perform personal grooming activities while driving can put themselves and other vehicles at serious risk. Unusual types of personal grooming that drivers have admitted to while driving include:
- Putting in contact lenses
- Curling or styling hair
- Curling eyelashes
- Applying makeup such as lipstick, eyeliner, eye shadow, blush, or mascara
- Brushing teeth
- Flossing teeth
- Getting dressed or changing clothes
Inappropriate Driving Activities
Drivers should not engage in certain activities that can be especially distracting while operating a motor vehicle. Engaging in public displays of affection or sexual acts, lip syncing to loud music, or taking selfies on a cellphone fall into this category. Other unusual distracted driving behaviors that are dangerous involve a driver leaving their seat, such as switching drivers, while the car is moving.
Many drivers use hands-free technology, such as blue tooth devices, to avoid the most common type of distracted driving, talking or texting on a cell phone. Unfortunately, even though this technology is meant to prevent distracted driving by eliminating the need for a driver to remove their hand from the steering wheel to use their phone, this can also be a distraction. Even when drivers use only voice commands, their minds are distracted to some degree, which can result in a failure to notice signs, pedestrians, or other traffic.
Activities of Car Passengers
Sometimes the passengers engage in behavior that distracts a driver. Research indicates children in cars can be a serious distraction to drivers. Driving with a baby has been found to be eight times more distracting than driving alone. Parents engage in risky distracted driving behaviors each time they turn around to assist or reprimand their children.
Driving while distracted can result in serious motor vehicle collisions. Injuries ranging from broken bones and bruises to traumatic brain injuries and internal bleeding can occur as a result of distracted driving. Individuals injured in distracted driving accidents may be entitled to compensation to help cover the costs of medical treatment, prescription drugs, physical or occupational therapy, rehabilitation, and lost wages.
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