Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accident deaths in the United States. Not only that, it is fast becoming the leading cause of paralysis in young people. In 2015 alone, up to 3,477 lives were lost due to distracted driving. While some distractions are incapable of being prevented altogether, the majority of driving distractions are in your control and can be eliminated.
And as any car accident lawyer can tell you, if you cause an accident while checking your phone, you could be liable for millions of dollars in damages. And that’s the best case scenario. In the worst case, you could be involved in one of those fatal distracted driving crashes. To improve your road safety and to help reduce your risk of injury or death involving pedestrian accidents or collisions, consider the following tips for avoiding distracted driving.
- Avoid eating while on the road
Eating while driving distracts you from the view of the road and reduces your ability to react promptly to sudden actions from other vehicles or animals. Eat before you get on the road or wait until after you pull over. This is especially recommended if what you’re eating is messy. Drips and spills can result in knee-jerk reactions that can be dangerous for everyone on the road.
- Adjust your technology before taking to the road
Texting while driving is notorious for causing so many deadly car accidents. Typing locations into your GPS is just as distracting and forces your eyes and hands to be on the screen rather than the road and the wheel. For this reason, make sure that you have the correct location you need ahead of time and program it into your GPS before hitting the road. If you need to make any location changes, pull over to make them.
- Put your electronics off to the side
When your GPS isn’t in use on your phone, it shouldn’t be near you. Phones that are on and available for use while you’re on the road are an unnecessary distraction, so why not remove the temptation to take incoming texts or calls altogether? It’s all too easy to reach over and check or respond to a text. Instead, turn off your phone or set it aside and keep your full attention on the road at hand.
- Secure loose objects
Drivers can become distracted by objects that are sent rolling because of a turn or because of spilled coffee that wasn’t secured in the middle console of the vehicle. To keep your focus on the car and to keep unfortunate surprises from happening in your car, keep all objects, pets, and children secure in the vehicle before driving.
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed because of a distracted driver, contact a car accident attorney today for professional advice and legal help.