Stay Safe on the Road by Avoiding Distracted Driving
It is important that every driver on the road not only drives carefully, but also drives free from distractions as well.
We live in a new age where people find it necessary to concentrate on other things while also operating a motor vehicle, falsely believing that the ability to multi-task is an admirable trait. Multitasking in the office may be rewarded, but when it comes to driving, it can actually be deadly.
In 2011, over 3,300 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, and 387,000 people were injured. This number appears to slowly be rising every year. What are these drivers doing to cause these accidents?
- Talking on a cellphone
- Channel surfing on the radio or switching a CD in the CD player
- Trying to use their GPS navigation system
- Talking to fellow passengers
- Rubbernecking at other accidents on the road
- Eating or drinking
Anything that takes your attention away from the road is considered to be a distraction. We're not telling you to sit in completely silence, especially while you have other people in the car, but remember that safety is your first priority.
It's also vital to remember that your cell phone can wait. Just because someone is calling or texting you at that moment, does not mean that you need to respond instantly. Wait until you have safely pulled over, parked, and turned the car off before you begin using your phone again. If you decide to text while you're driving, you will take your eyes off of the road for an average of 4.6 seconds—that is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field completely blind. Do you really want to risk it?
If a distracted driver caused an auto accident that resulted in injuries to you or your passengers, contact the attorneys at Monge & Associates for a free consultation by calling (800) 860-8021 today.