Even as vehicles have gotten safer, car accident fatalities continue to rise. Why? Unfortunately, distracted driving is largely to blame. Each year more than 40,000 people lose their lives in car accidents, and that number continues to climb.
The truth is that most people believe that distracted driving is dangerous, yet they also believe that they do not drive while distracted or that it is not dangerous for them. Keep reading to learn ways that you can ensure you are not distracted while driving. If you lose a loved one in a car accident or are injured due to a distracted driver, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Sobering Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA), at any moment on an average day, there will be about 660,000 drivers using their cell phones or similar electronic devices while driving. With that enormous number of unsafe drivers, it is no wonder that traffic fatalities are rising.
Change the Way You Drive by Changing Your Habits
Many people do not realize they are driving while distracted because it has become such a habit for them. It is essential to be mindful to avoid allowing this type of habit to make it unsafe to drive. It might seem strange at first, but if you follow these tips, eventually driving safely will become second nature.
Do the Following Before You Start Driving
Instead of getting in the car and taking off, make sure that you have everything set up before you start driving. Get your GPS programed and adjusted if necessary. Check your texts or emails. Turn off notifications. Turn on any music or podcasts you want to listen to, and then put your phone in your glove compartment.
Do the Following While You Are Driving
It might seem counterintuitive, but it is not safe to use a hands-free system or a dashboard touchscreen. These might be slightly better than picking up your phone, but they still involve distractions and should be avoided except in an actual emergency. If you are taking a longer trip, schedule breaks so that every time you are tempted to use a touchscreen or hands-free device, you can remind yourself that you have a break come up.
Call for Help if You Are Injured in a Car Accident
If you are involved in a car accident that was due to someone else’s negligence, you might have grounds to recover compensation for your damages. Call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.