What are Some of the Behaviors Causing Greenville, SC Distracted Driving Accidents?
Distracted driving is one of the main causes of car accidents in the state of Greenville, SC. Distracted driving can take many forms and not all of these forms are readily apparent to all people. This article will cover some of the most common types of distracted driving we see. This list isn’t exhaustive, so, therefore, always use caution and good judgment when getting behind the wheel to go for a drive.
Distracted driving is defined as any type of driving in which the driver is not giving his or her full attention to the action of driving. The following are only some of the most common types.
- Texting while driving.
- This type of distracted driving has become notorious due to wide media coverage of its devastating consequences. In fact, the state of Greenville, SC has a statewide ban on the practice. It is illegal to text while you are driving, so do not do it. Texting while driving is one of the worst types of distracted driving. You have to take your eyes off the road and are using at least one hand to type. If a text is so important that you need to send while you are en route to your destination, pull over to the side of the road to send it. This is a slight inconvenience that could potentially save lives and avoid costly and stressful car accidents. Do the right thing: don’t text and drive.
- Talking on a phone while driving.
- Although this behavior has not been criminalized in the state of Greenville, SC, studies suggest that talking on the phone decreases drivers’ alertness of the road, potentially causing a car accident. If you have to talk on the phone while driving, use some sort of hands free device. However, this behavior does show an increase in the risk of being in a car accident. It is best to wait till you arrive at your destination to use your phone at all.
- Eating while driving.
- Perhaps one of the most common types of distracted driving that has not yet developed a social stigma is eating while driving. The tendency to eat while driving is growing as fast food restaurants take over Greenville, SC and the rest of the United States. Angelica Hernandez recommends not eating while driving, as it can cause a delayed response if some sort of problem occurs on the roadway.
- Other forms of multitasking.
- Having the ability to multitask is a great skill to have. However, it is one that should be avoided while driving. When you are behind the wheel, your full focus and attention should be on getting to your destination. Any activity that takes away your full attention from driving increases your chances of being involved in (or even causing) an accident. In other words, multitasking and driving do not mix.
Car accidents happen way too frequently due to the negligence and carelessness of individuals on the road. Avoid distracted driving. It can help you a lot in the long run.
If you have been in a car accident in the state of South Carolina, reach out to Angelica Hernandez today to discuss your legal options. We are here to help you recover! We look forward to winning your case for you.