A wrongful death of a loved one can be a devastating blow to your family. One minute, you may be making plans with them, and the next, they’re gone. It is hard to deal with this kind of sudden death, especially when it is the fault of someone who was not paying attention when they were driving.
It should be no surprise that one major cause of fatal crashes is driving while distracted. Around 25% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities are a result of distractions behind the wheel. There are dozens of reasons why someone may be distracted behind the wheel, which is something drivers should be aware of and ready to recognize. If drivers recognize potential distractions, then they may be able to prevent them and stay more focused.
What are some of the main causes of distracted driving?
Some of the primary causes of distracted driving include:
- Other occupants who are talking or drawing attention away from the road
- Outside events, people or objects, such as a car crash or animal in the road
- Cellphone use, such as taking a work call
- Getting lost in thought/daydreaming
- Eating or drinking, which can take your hands off the wheel and mind off the road
Of course, there are also many other reasons why someone may become distracted while behind the wheel. The important thing to remember is that these distractions are recognizable and should be stopped. A driver who realizes that they aren’t paying attention can make additional efforts to put down their food or phone and to pull over where it’s safe to continue their other activities.
If you lose a loved one to a crash caused by a distracted driver, know that you’re not alone. There are people who can help you look into your legal options.