Today, many people know that distracted driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. In fact, distracted driving causes many Florida car accidents and many car accidents across the nation each year. Some experts and researchers have concluded that the vast majority of car accidents and near-accidents are caused at least in part by driver distraction.
However, while we hear much about distracted driving, the truth is that distractions can be a danger in many situations. Many Florida motorcycle accidents, for example, are caused by motorcyclists who are distracted by cell phones or other devices. Even Florida bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents can be the result when pedestrians and bicyclists get distracted. There are many ways that distractions can lead to accidents – even outside of your car:
1) Texting while doing just about anything. These is no doubt that texting is absorbing which is why it is so dangerous. Texting requires you to look down at your mobile device, making you unaware of what is going on around you. Whether you are cruising on your bike or walking down the street, texting can lead to an accident.
2) Wearing headphones. Most cars have some radio or CD player, so most drivers never think of headphones. However, plenty of pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders, joggers, and boaters tune into music while out and about, and this can easily lead to Florida pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, and other accidents. Headphones affect your ability to hear important clues around you – like that truck about to back up – making you vulnerable to injury.
3) Getting emotional. One of the biggest distracters possible isn’t the latest gadget or device – it’s in you right now. Strong emotions – whether anger or helpless laughing – make you notice less of what is going on around you and can be just as distracting as texting. When your blood is high, it’s best not to run or hop on that bicycle. Take the time to clear your mind first.
4) Bluetooth. Many people are embracing hands-free technology in the belief that it is less distracting. While it’s true that hands-free cell phones and devices at least leave your hands free, they are still a distraction. If you are bicycling in Miami while listening to the latest gossip, you could still be in a Florida pedestrian accident – simply because you are listening to your conversation rather than watching what is in front of you.