Distracted driving is a major problem across the country, resulting in hundreds of thousands
of injuries every year. In 2015 alone, distracted driving accidents resulted
in about 391,000 injuries and 3,477 deaths. It is crucial for all drivers
to do their part and keep the roads safe by not engaging in this dangerous
habit. Always maintain your attention and focus on the road while operating a
motor vehicle. If this sounds easier said than done, we have some tips that will help
you become a safer driver.
Drive Safe, Stay Focused
We have all likely glanced at our phones once or twice while driving or
ate a sandwich with one hand and attempting to turn the steering wheel
with the other. These are both surefire ways to get involved in an accident,
unfortunately, so no matter how short you are on time, it crucial to put
off these other activities until you are safely stopped. Nothing is worth
jeopardizing your safety or the safety of others.
Below are some tips that will help you avoid distracted driving accidents:
Cell phones are for emergency use only: You should never use your cell phone while driving, so if you are interested
in typing up a juicy text to your best friend, do it later. If there is
an emergency on the road and you need to report it, you can make a call,
but it would be best to pull over to the side of the road. Even the use
of hands-free devices can be distracting.
Do not eat while you are driving: Just because drive-thrus exist does not mean you should eat while you
are driving. Park your vehicle and then eat your meal or wait until you
reach your destination. You might think you are saving time, but if you
end up in an accident, you will not be saving any time and might sustain
serious or fatal injuries.
If you need to multi-task, do not do it while driving: Multi-tasking is a great way to get many things done at once. However,
if you multi-task while driving, there is a strong chance you might get
involved in an accident. Focus on driving, get to your destination, and
then take care of what you need to do. Be a smart multi-tasker instead
of a dangerous one.
Limit the passengers in your car: Carpooling is an excellent way for people to save and it is even beneficial
for the environment. If you have too many passengers in your vehicle,
however, it can create a dangerously distracting environment since you
will likely want to be part of the conversation. With fewer passengers
in your car, you are less likely to get wrapped in the group’s conversation
and better able to focus on the road ahead.
Schedule a Free Case Review with a Knowledgeable Personal Injury Attorney Today!
Did you sustain injuries in a distracted driving accident? You have the
right to pursue compensation for your suffering, but it is crucial to
contact a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At Paulsen
Law Group, our personal injury team is committed to representing the wrongfully
injured and will do what it takes to hold the responsible party liable.
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