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Types of Distracted Driving Accidents

Did you know that distracted driving injures an estimated 1,150 people and kills an average of 9 people, every day?


We know the dangers associated with multi-tasking behind the wheel. However, distracted driving continues to be a serious problem and is the cause of thousands of auto accidents every year. It is estimated that distracted driving injures 1,150 people and kills an average of 9 people, every day.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving describes any activity that diverts a persons attention away from the primary task of driving their vehicle. All types of distractions endanger the lives of the driver, passengers, and bystanders.

If you have been involved in a Chicago auto accident because another person was distracted while driving, contact the Willens Injury Law Offices for a free personal injury consultation.

The 10 Most Common Types of Distracted Driving

As was mentioned before, anything that diverts a drivers attention from their task of driving is deemed a distraction. However, there are 10 types of driver distractions that most commonly cause auto accidents.

  • Texting – composing, sending, or receiving a text
  • Use of cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating or drinking
  • Talking to others in the car
  • Grooming – brushing hair, applying makeup, etc.
  • Reading
  • Using a GPS or other navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting the radio, MP3 player, or CD player
  • Reaching for an object

As we can see, texting and cell phone use are not the only activities that distract drivers and cause auto accidents. Many of these activities seem harmless. Yet, all of them take the driver’s attention off of their main task at hand.

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