Distracted Driving Awareness
The number of automobile fatalities in the United States are on the rise in recent years. In fact, in 2017 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there were 37,133 automobile fatalities during that year. The number one cause of car accidents today is distracted driving, which is the act of driving while engaging in other activities that divert the driver’s attention. There are many types of distractions, but the most common form of distracted driving is texting and driving. This can also include activities such as adjusting the radio or GPS, eating, engaging with other passengers, or dosing off behind the wheel. These simple activities drivers engage in can lead to traumatic results with long-term effects.
As a licensed driver, you need to take responsibility for your actions while you are behind the wheel. In order to avoid becoming distracted while driving, and ultimately risking your life or the life of others on the road, you should follow these tips:
- Store your cell phone out of hands-reach to avoid distraction.
- If you find yourself in an emergency and need to use your cell phone, safely pull off to the side of the road at an appropriate time and place.
- Avoid eating while driving.
- Limit the level of activity inside the car.
- If you find yourself feeling drowsy, safely pull off to the side of the road.
Sadly, no matter how many precautions you take as a driver, you can’t always avoid these accidents. If you find yourself a victim in a car accident, it is important to take the right steps after it has occurred. If your car is in a dangerous place on the road, safely move it to the side of the road, if you are capable. When in a safe location, immediately call the police for help. It is important to make note of all injuries for yourself and others in the vehicle and take pictures of any damages that have occurred as a result of the accident. Before speaking to an insurance company, consult an attorney, as many insurance adjusters are primarily interested in their bottom line, not your recovery. An attorney at Spiros Law P.C. in Champaign will ensure that your rights are protected and that you will get the compensation that you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident due to a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation in order to help you deal with your injuries, property damages, emotional suffering, and/or physical suffering. Contact our Champaign car accident lawyers at Spiros Law P.C. who will work rigorously to get you the compensation you need and deserve.
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Dangers of distracted driving.
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents.
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