The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Driver on His Phone Arguing with a Passenger and Not Paying Attention to the Road

Distracted driving has become a serious problem now that cell phone use is widespread. This epidemic causes serious collisions and devastating injuries. However distracted driving can be prevented and cause fewer accidents and catastrophic injuries if we all make some minor changes to our driving behavior.

If you sustain an injury as a result of a car crash that was caused by an inattentive driver, you should consult a skilled car crash attorney at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC. Contact us today at (404) 419-6674 to schedule a free, initial evaluation of your case.

Defining Distracted Driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is any activity that diverts a driver’s attention from the road. Let’s take a closer look at the three different types of distractions that often occur on roadways:

  • Visual distractions – Visual distractions arise when you take your eyes off the road. If you are looking at a magazine in your car or an event taking place on the side of the road, you are visually distracted.
  • Manual distractions – You manually distract yourself if you remove one or both hands from your steering wheel to brush your hair, adjust your radio, or eat an ice cream cone.
  • Cognitive distractions – Daydreaming and deep thinking are two types of cognitive distractions that take your focus away from driving.

The most common visual, manual, and cognitive distractions drivers engage in include texting, responding to email, watching a video, eating, drinking, talking to passengers, and fumbling with GPS or radio controls.

How to Prevent Distracted Driving

When you are behind the wheel, your only job is to drive defensively and safely travel from point A to point B. Here are several tips that can help you prevent distracted driving and reduce the number of serious accidents it causes:

Eliminate Distractions
Before putting your vehicle into gear, make it a top priority to eliminate all distractions. Enter the address of your destination into your GPS, adjust the air conditioning controls, find a radio station you like, and respond to any text messages or emails.

Also, you should eat, drink, brush your hair, and apply makeup at home. By getting everything done before you start driving, you’ll feel less tempted to engage in distracted driving. In the event you need to respond to a call or text, pull over safely before checking your phone.

Take Advantage of Technology
There are a variety of cell phone apps that can help you prevent distracted driving. “Do Not Disturb While Driving,” is one of the most popular cell phone safety apps. That application can silence texts, phone calls, and social media notifications while you are behind the wheel. It can even inform anyone who is contacting you that you are driving and will get back to them after you’ve completed your trip.

Speak Up When You are a Passenger with a Distracted Driving
Although you can only control your own actions, you should encourage other drivers to avoid distractions. If you are a passenger and notice that the driver is distracted, don’t be afraid to speak up and tell them how important it is to focus on the road. While it may be uncomfortable to remind a friend or family member to drive safely, doing so may save lives.

Injured by a Distracted Driver? Call Us Today for Help

If you’re injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, it’s important to retain the legal counsel of the veteran personal injury lawyers at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC. You may be entitled to collect compensation for your lost wages and diminished earning capacity; past, present, and future medical costs; pain and suffering; permanent disability or disfigurement damages; and property damage. If you or someone you love gets hurt by a distracted driver, we encourage you to contact us at (404) 419-6674 to schedule a free case consultation.

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