Driving While Distracted
Driving can be a very dangerous activity. Roads are more crowded than ever, and there seem to be a constantly increasing number of issues that can cause serious, even deadly accidents. Driver distractions are undoubtedly one of the most influential factors contributing to accidents, especially since cell phones and texting have become such common fixtures in our everyday lives.
When you are driving, it is extremely important to your safety, the safety of your passengers, and the safety of other drivers and pedestrians that you remain undistracted. In order accomplish this it helps to know what some potential distractions are and some strategies for avoiding them.
Drivers can be distracted in many different ways, including:
- Conversations with passengers
- Changing radio stations/CDs/mp3 player settings
- Putting on makeup
- Reaching for items in the back seat or glove box
- Looking at GPS or navigation systems
- Talking on cell phones
- Text messaging
Whenever you are driving, it is important to remember the dangers of conducting another activity at the same time. Safe driving requires your full attention.
Ways to Avoid Distractions
You can protect yourself, your passengers, and others on the road by following these tips:
- Ignore phone calls or text messages. They can wait until you safely arrive at your destination.
- Do not try to have discussions about important subjects with your passengers.
- Pull over if you need to adjust your GPS unit or reference a map.
- Keep music volume at a reasonable level and do not use headphones while driving.
- Do not treat time in the car as a time to accomplish anything except driving safely from one place to another. Don’t try to multitask.
People who cause accidents through their negligence can be held liable for the damages they cause.
If you have been involved in a car accident and believe that the other driver may have been distracted, you may be entitled to compensation. To explore your options, contact the Sheboygan car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874.