April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which is a special monthly designation aimed at reducing traffic accidents and fatalities caused by distracted driving.
it is important to understand what safe driving entails and how to prevent distractions that result in deadly collisions and expensive property damage.
A distraction is anything that prevents a driver from giving full attention visually, cognitively or manually to driving. It can involve texting and driving, paying more attention to passengers than the road, changing a playlist on Spotify, or eating lunch while heading back to work.
With 3,179 people killed in 2014 due to distracted driving, it is crucial for motorists to keep their eyes and minds on the road at all times while driving. This is especially important for teens, who are most at risk for causing fatal collisions due to distraction. In 2015, ten percent of all teens aged 15 to 19 years engaged in distracted driving that ended in deadly crashes.
How to Prevent Distractions While Driving
There are several ways in which drivers can help reduce the odds of causing an accident due to distraction. Some tips for staying focused while behind the wheel include:
- Placing your cell phone out of view – Smart phones demand a lot of attention, whether it be from incoming text messages, calls or emails. Because they are so distracting, place them in the backseat or any other place out of your view while driving.
- Refraining from eating or drinking – Because drivers remove their hands from the wheel while eating or drinking, they can easily cross over into another lane or brake frequently, both of which raises the risk of being involved in a collision. Only eat or drink when the vehicle is safely parked.
- Adjusting the radio when stopped – Do not try to change music channels or playlists when driving. Instead, set the radio station or playlist prior to getting behind the wheel.
- Having safe interactions with passengers – According to statistics, drivers are more apt to crash if they have one or more passengers in the vehicle with them. While driving, always stay focused on the road and limit interactions with passengers.
If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, the auto accident attorneys at Schmidt Kramer can help you file a lawsuit and receive the financial compensation you deserve. Contact us to schedule a free consultation today.