It is likely that few think about just how quickly a distraction while driving can result in a motor vehicle accident. The reality however is that it is to blame for many car accidents throughout the nation. This is illustrated in two recent accidents that took place in the Sacramento area.
The distraction in the first accident was a sneeze. Though it may sound silly, all are likely aware of how difficult it can be to stave off the involuntary action or control one's body when a sneeze occurs. A 51-year-old man understands this first hand. When he sneezed while driving his vehicle on Highway 16, instead of the brake pedal, his foot hit the gas pedal causing him to lose control of the car. Before coming to a stop, the vehicle hit both a sign post as well as a wire fence after exiting the highway.
Another distracted driver also lost control of his vehicle when he attempted to grab something that was out of reach. As he did so, the 30-year-old man's car crossed into the lane with oncoming traffic. When he attempted to correct his direction, the SUV he was driving flipped.
While these are both single vehicle car accident examples that did not result in physical injuries, clearly, things could have been much worse. The lesson all drivers should take away from these stories is that taking your eyes off the road for even a split second can quickly lead to a potentially deadly motor vehicle accident.
Source: Daily Democrat, "Driver distractions lead to Yolo roadway accidents," May 24, 2012