13 Apr The Devastating Toll of Distracted Driving
Many of the Florida auto insurance claims that our clients file are associated with an accident that was caused by a distracted driver. If you are in accident in Lake Worth or Boynton Beach, car insurance may cover the damage to your car and doctors’ bills, but it can’t bring back the loss of a loved one.
As soon as you saw the words “distracted driving” you probably thought of people using their smartphones while behind the wheel of the car. Our phones are definitely a contributing factor to the growing number of accidents involving distracted drivers – but they are not the only distraction we all need to guard against.
What Is Distracting You When You Are Behind the Wheel?
If you’ve been working from home or isolating within your bubble during the pandemic, you probably haven’t been putting many miles on your car over the past year. But now, thanks to the availability of coronavirus vaccines, we can all start to get out more.
With everything that we’ve had on our minds, we may be even more likely to be distracted when we do hit the road again, so it’s important to be aware of the potential risks.
According to AAA – The Auto Club Group, the top three distractions for drivers are:
- Mobile phone use
- In-vehicle technology
- Passengers in the vehicle
“The bottom line is, if your mind is not focused on driving, you’re unable to properly react to what’s happening on the road in front of you. That puts other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians at risk,” says Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group.
According to a national survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety:
- 96% of drivers believe typing or reading on a hand-held cellphone while driving to be very or extremely dangerous.
- But 39% admitted to reading their phones and 29% said they were typing on a smartphone at least once while behind the wheel within the past month.
Here at B&B Home, Life and Auto Insurance of Lake Worth Beach, we have all pledged to try to do better.