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Lipstick Kills: The Dangers of Doing Your Makeup While Driving

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With the holiday season around the corner, many people are going to Christmas events, ugly sweater parties, work celebrations, and more. Like any other day, many people are running late and as a result, drive aggressively to get to their destinations quicker. To make matters worse, many of these rushed drivers also try to do their makeup in the car, creating highly dangerous situations for all drivers sharing the road. That tube of lipstick can cost a person their life or someone else’s.

How is Doing Makeup While Driving Distracting?

You may be surprised to learn that a person who applies their makeup while driving is actually participating in all three categories of distracted driving. Below are the three various forms of distracted driving and explanations for how applying makeup while behind the wheel falls into all three of these categories:

Physical Distraction:

This type of distraction occurs when a person removes one or both hands from the steering wheel to participate in another activity aside from driving. A person who is applying lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, or any other kind of cosmetic while driving partakes in this type of distraction since at least one hand is physically occupied. This can create hazardous road conditions since the driver may not be able to make the necessary maneuvers if needed.

Mental Distraction:

This type of distraction occurs when a person is cognitively occupied with another matter aside from road and traffic conditions. A person applying makeup to their face while behind the wheel participates in this type of distraction since their mind is focused on the application rather than the drivers and road conditions around them. This can create dangerous driving conditions since the driver is not focused on driving practices.

Visual Distraction:

This type of distraction occurs when a person removes their eyes from the road in order to participate in an activity aside from operating a vehicle. A person doing their makeup is visually distracted because they are taking their eyes off the road to look in the mirror. This can be dangerous since the driver may not see another driver’s maneuvers or road conditions with enough time to react.

Have you Been Harmed By a Distracted Driver? We Can Help.

If you have suffered injuries in a car crash due to a distracted driver, including one who was doing their makeup while driving, it is important that you contact our Galveston car accident attorneys at The Daspit Law Firm as soon as possible. We can examine your case and may be able to pursue maximum financial compensation on your behalf. Our team is dedicated to achieving positive results for our clients and can do everything in our power to get you through this difficult time.

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