Drivers face an increasing number of distractions every time they get behind the wheel. From reading or personal grooming to having a conversation or taking a sip of water, any activity that takes a driver’s attention off the road for even a small amount of time can lead to devastating motor vehicle collisions.
Lytx, known as a global leader in video-based driver safety technology, has collected significant data centering on distracted driving and dangerous activities. They have highlighted three statistics based on predictive analytics.
- Drivers who are distracted by the activity of eating or drinking are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in a collision than those who are not dining while behind the wheel.
- Drivers who are distracted using a hands-free electronic device are 4.6 times more likely to be involved in a collision than those who are not using a device while behind the wheel.
- Drivers who are distracted by using a smartphone or tablet are 4.7 times more likely to be involved in a collision than those who wait until they have reached their destination to use the device.
Since it is such a common activity, drivers tend to overlook the dangers inherent in dining while behind the wheel. Whether it is drinking a travel mug of coffee on the way to class or eating a drive-thru dinner on the way home after a long shift at work, these activities can lead to trouble. Drivers will need to take a hand off the steering wheel and their attention from the road while eating and drinking. Additionally, the driver will often look at his or her food selection before eating it leading to a visual distraction.
Distracted or negligent driving can lead to devastating collisions resulting in vehicle occupants suffering broken bones, head trauma, spinal cord damage and paralysis. If you or a loved one was injured in a distracted driving accident, do not hesitate to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney.