Distracted driving is one of the top causes of car accidents in the United States, and it’s a growing problem. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is a “dangerous epidemic” and has increased dramatically in recent years.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that distracted driving kills nine and injures more than 1,000 people in the U.S. every day.

Learn the top distractions found in cars and how to avoid them to reduce your chances of an accident.

Common Forms of Distracted Driving

Many people think that using a smartphone while driving is the only form of distracted driving. There are, however, many other forms of distracted driving that can be just as dangerous. These include the following:

  • Eating and drinking

  • Talking to passengers

  • Personal grooming

  • Reading, including maps

  • Watching videos

  • Managing children or pets in the car

In order to ensure a safer trip, take the following measures to remove distractions from your vehicle:

  • Refrain from looking at or using your smartphone while driving.

  • Set the radio station to the proper channel before you start driving.

  • Make sure children and pets are safely secured in the back.

  • Do not bring food or drinks in the car with you.

  • Ask passengers to talk at a low volume.

Contact the Clearwater Car Accident Law Firm of Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers for Help Today

For more information, please contact the legal team of Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers for a free initial consultation with a car accident lawyer in Clearwater. We have four convenient locations in Florida: Clearwater, New Port Richey, and Tampa.

We serve throughout Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County, and its surrounding areas:

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Clearwater Office
1811 N. Belcher Road, Suite I-1
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 787-2500

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Congress Ave Office
2360 Congress Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 591-5610

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Tampa Office
6601 Memorial Hwy Suite 202
Tampa, FL 33615
(813) 686-7588

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – New Port Richey Office
2515 Seven Springs Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL, 34655
(727) 815-8442