Georgian residents like you have likely heard a lot about the most blatant dangerous driving behaviors and how much they can cost you. This includes driving while under the influence or texting while driving, which has received a recent spike in attention due to the high fatality rate that comes from texting-related crashes. But did you know that some of the everyday habits drivers engage in can be dangerous, too?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention take a close look at how distracted driving behaviors may form. Many of them are actions that plenty of otherwise safe drivers do, giving these actions a sense of normalcy and creating a false feeling of safety. Some common examples include:
- Talking with passengers
- Changing music
- Toggling the temperature
- Checking your dashboard
These are split-second actions that usually don't take your attention away from the road for more than a few brief moments. Unfortunately, those few moments are all the time that's needed for a crash to happen. Actions like these are also dangerous in a way that driving under the influence or texting while driving are not. They are considered to be widely acceptable driving behaviors. Despite the fact that many of them can take your hands, eyes, and thoughts away from the road, their danger levels are considered very minimal when that may not be the case.
Have you been involved in a crash where distracted driving was the culprit? You may want to contact an attorney. They can help you as you face your case and through the aftermath that may follow.