One perk that may come with your job is the use of a company cell phone. This can be especially useful if you have to travel between multiple work sites in San Jose. If you are driving and that company cell phone rings, it can be difficult to ignore it especially if you feel like you must always be on-call. However, doing so can be very distracting and can lead to a distracted driving accident.
Why are cell phones so distracting?
Cell phone use behind the wheel — especially texting and driving — are particularly distracting because they encompass the main three forms of distractions. If you are reading a text message or are replying to one your eyes are on the phone not the road, which is a visual distraction. If you are dialing the phone, answering the phone or typing a text message your hands are on the phone not the wheel of the car, which is a manual distraction. Finally, if you are talking on the phone, reading a text message or thinking of a reply your mind is on the call or text, not on the task of driving, which is a cognitive distraction.
Cell phone use is not the only way you can be distracted while driving
Cell phone use is a common distraction while behind the wheel, but it is not the only thing that can distract you while driving. Some common distractions include:
- Rubbernecking to see something on the side of the road, especially a crash
- Manipulating a GPS system
- Tuning the radio
- Eating or drinking
- Grooming yourself
- Chatting with other passengers
- Thinking about your work duties instead of the task of driving
As you can see, it is easy to be distracted while driving.
Learn more about distracted driving accidents
Ultimately, all motorists have a legal duty to drive safely. This means avoiding distracted driving. If this duty is breached, causing a car accident that injures another person, it may be possible to hold the negligent driver liable. To learn more about motor vehicle accidents, feel free to explore our firm’s website for further information.