Experienced NYC drivers may get overly comfortable when operating their vehicle and forget how dangerous it is to drive in traffic. This complacency can make drivers feel like they can send texts, eat, engage in lively conversations with passengers and daydream without putting themselves or others at risk.
Distracted driving in NYC causes hundreds of drivers and passengers to suffer serious physical injuries every year. Fortunately, the majority of these accidents are completely preventable. Do your part as a driver navigating the congested streets of NYC by making it a point not to engage in the following distracted driving practices:
Lighting cigarettes, throwing them out windows or trying to extract a cigarette from a pack can take a driver’s attention off the road long enough to cause an accident.
Adjusting rear view and side mirrors should always be done before you begin driving your car.
Drinking and Eating
Trying to wipe off ketchup on your work shirt or spilling hot coffee on your lap is a form of distracted driving. Digging around in fast food sacks for utensils and napkins may also distract you long enough to swerve into an oncoming car.
Looking at Outside Events, Objects and People
We all know how boring it can be to drive, especially on highways where surroundings are mundane. While gazing out the window relieves boredom momentarily, averting your eyes from the road for one or two seconds is long enough to crash into a suddenly stopped car in front of you or drift into another lane.
Daydreaming/Thinking Too Hard
In addition to using cell phones, getting lost in thought is one of the top causes of distracted driving accidents in NYC. Whether ruminating about a stressful day at work, a sick relative in the hospital or how you are going to pay an unexpected auto repair bill, vehicle operators who are not paying attention to their surroundings significantly increase their chances of rear-ending someone, running a red light or losing control of their car.
Compensation for damages may be available to NYC drivers suffering physical injuries due to a distracted driver’s negligence. Call William Mattar today to schedule a consultation appointment with a car accident attorney who may be able to obtain compensation on your behalf.
It is time to get help. ℠