As you may know, the cellphone is the main driving distraction in the United States. The issue is that distraction on a modern smartphone can take many forms. People use them to stream music, use the GPS, take videos, use apps, go on social media and much more. When you hear about texting and driving or calling and driving, that’s only a small part of the issue.

However, cellphones are not the only distractions that drivers face. That’s part of the reason that distracted driving leads to such serious accidents every day. Other issues drivers may encounter include:

  • Picking up something that fell on the floor
  • Adjusting a mirror, a visor or some other system on the car
  • Dealing with pets that are unrestrained
  • Talking to passengers
  • Interacting with children
  • Changing the radio station
  • Attempting to eat while driving
  • Drinking behind the wheel — either when drinking alcohol or something seemingly more innocent, such as a cup of coffee
  • Adjusting the heat or the air conditioning
  • Daydreaming and getting lost in thought
  • Looking at things on the road around them, from billboards to accidents to street signs
  • Watching the actions of other drivers
  • Trying to read a map
  • Smoking in the car

As you can see, distraction really does take a lot of forms. It’s no surprise that drivers have to contend with it so often. If you get injured in an accident with a distracted driver, you may be able to seek just compensation for your costs. These damages could include things like medical bills, lost wages, lost earning potential, permanent disabilities, disfigurements and much more.

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