Every year, thousands of drivers are injured in accidents throughout the
United States. Collisions caused by distracted drivers continue to increase
annually, despite numerous national ad campaigns recommending that we
avoid driving when we’re distracted. Most of us have been distracted
at some point while driving, often without causing a
car crash. However, a mistake made while responding to a text message or reaching
for your Big-Gulp can end in disaster. Below, we give you some tips that
can help you to keep your attention on the road.
Focus on Driving: Be alert! Actively check the road for other vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Always use your mirrors when backing up or changing lanes.
Get Situated Before Driving: Adjust your mirrors, seats, and air-conditioner settings before you start
your trip. Also set your navigation and entertainment system to your desired
settings so you do not have to adjust them while driving.
Limit Passenger Activity: If you’re an inexperienced driver, you should avoid driving with
passengers until you are more comfortable on the road. Passengers can
be very distracting, so it is advised you ask them to sit quietly and
be still when you’re driving. You should also double check that
all passengers in your vehicle are wearing their seatbelts.
Avoid Eating Or Drinking: Consume food and beverages before getting into your car. If you must
eat in your vehicle, pull over and do so. Avoid messy or hard-to-handle
items if you’re picking up or transporting food.
Secure Loose Objects: Loose objects can sometimes become safety hazards. Look around for things
you or your passengers might have left unsecured before driving.
Don’t Multitask: Searching for music, using a GPS navigator, and text messaging are all
dangerous distractions for drivers. Don’t check your cell phone
or other electronic devices. Instead, focus on one task: safely driving
Have you been injured by a distracted driver? Call (504) 470-3935 for your
free case evaluation. At the Womac Law Firm, we defend the rights of accident
victims and will fight for every dollar you deserve.
To learn more about the dangers of driving while distracted, contact our New Orleans car accident attorney