Distracted driving can be disastrous for yourself and others. You need to be aware of your surroundings. It’s the best way to prevent accidents and avoid personal injury. Many people drive distracted every day and don’t even realize it. Things tend to capture the driver’s attention on the road. Here are the most common ways distracted driving causes personal injury.
Using Cellphones While Driving
Texting and driving has grown to be a major problem. Since the evolution of cellphones, fatal accidents have been happening. Texting isn’t the only problem. Even making a quick phone call takes your attention away from safe driving. Smartphones give unlimited options for driving distracted. Browsing the internet and using social media are dangerous while driving. Video apps like Marco Polo behind the wheel create habits of distracted driving.
Fumbling with The Radio or Putting on Makeup
Have frequented radio stations programmed as favorites. That prevents taking your eyes off the road to scan radio stations. It can also prevent slamming on brakes to avoid rear ending or being rear ended. It’s also common for women to put on lipstick, mascara, and more in the mirror while driving. Applying makeup isn’t worth causing a wreck. Put on your face at home or wait until you’ve parked.
Driving Distracted by Browsing the Scene
Looking away for a second can cause a lifetime of damage. It’s natural to want to sightsee on a road trip or check out a new restaurant while passing by. While doing so, be careful. Try to only look around while at a stopping point. If there are no red lights or stops, slow down and look away as little as possible.
Looking Around in your Vehicle While Driving
Don’t use driving as a time to look for items in your car. Wait until you’re parked to browse through papers or pick things up from the floor. If you’re having a conversation with passengers, you don’t have to face the person. Continue driving and talk. Most important for your child’s safety, don’t turn to talk to them or hand them anything.
As an experienced personal injury attorney, seeing cases of distracted driving is common. It shouldn’t be the reason for an accident. There may be times an accident doesn’t involve you or isn’t your fault. Paying attention while driving will help you recall what happened. If you’ve had a personal injury because of distracted driving, contact Springer & Lyle. We help clients with personal injury claims but wish we saw a lot less of them. Don’t drive distracted.