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How Can I Avoid Distracted Driving Accidents?


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.

Contact us today at (727) 270-8260 to request a free case review.

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