Distracted driving in the United States is costing people their lives. Each day 8 people are killed in the United States, and 1,161 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver, referenced by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Distracted Driving: 2013 Data, in Traffic Safety Research Notes. DOT HS 812 132, from April 2015, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Washington, D.C.
If you have been involved in an accident involving a distracted driver, then it is important to know when to call a law firm to contact qualified car accident lawyers.
Here are a few things to remember when driving to ensure that you are not driving while distracted.
Only Use Your Phone During An Emergency
This is the most important aspect of preventing distracted driving. You can never use your phone while you’re behind the wheel — no matter what. Whatever text you want to read or send is in no way worth potentially taking your own life or the life of an innocent person. If there is an emergency, however, and you must check your phone, you should immediately pull over to the side of the road and then use your phone.
Limit the Number of Passengers
Driving four of your friends can make for an exciting and entertaining road trip, but if you are not all careful, the driver can become easily distracted by a conversation or something taking place in the car, leading to a serious accident. This is especially important with teenage drivers still honing their driving skills. Only drive one to two passengers if you can, but if you have to drive more than that, make sure that you emphasize that you are driving and need to focus on the road. Politely ask your passengers to keep the talking at a low level and limit the amount of activity in the vehicle.
Do Not Attempt to Multitask
Multitasking while driving is just as dangerous as trying to text and can cause horrible crashes. Too many people think it’s OK to eat while driving, put on makeup, or fiddle with music in the car. Doing anything other than 100% focusing on the road can turn your attention away just long enough to cause a serious accident and potentially end a life. It is important that everyone remains safe on the roads and stay free of distractions.
Talk to your auto accident lawyer or car accident lawyer after any serious crash. The most important thing to do in the moments after a bad accident is to make sure you and everyone else involved is safe, but the next step should be to contact your car accident lawyer and tell them exactly what you were doing while driving (hopefully nothing but paying attention).
If you have any reason to suspect the other driver was not paying attention to the road, make sure your attorney, the police, and insurance company are all aware of your concerns.