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Distracted Driving Don'ts

Whether you are aware or not, nearly everyone is guilty of distracted driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, texting and driving is the most common form of distracted driving and the leading cause of motor vehicle accidents. Approximately 8 Americans are killed or severely injured in distracted driving-related accidents every day.

What to Avoid When Driving

  • Driving when tired. If you find yourself becoming drowsy or dozing off while driving, pull over to a place where you are safe. Driving like this can cause you to begin daydreaming and increase your chances of an accident tremendously.
  • Use your cell phone. Texting and driving is the leading cause of motor vehicle accidents. It's one of the only forms of distracted driving that visually, manually, and mentally takes your focus off the road.
  • Eating. Eating your meal on the go may seem like a good idea when it comes to saving time before a commitment, but it's hazardous—eating while driving makes you less attentive to other drivers around you and what is going on in your surroundings. When you're eating and driving, there's a possibility you may spill something, which can also cause a distraction.
  • Having too many passengers. This is dangerous because it enhances the number of distractions you have in the car. This is very common for teenagers, so in many states, there are laws set to prohibit teenagers from having multiple people in the car with them at one time.
  • Speeding. Take your time while driving. The purpose of traveling via car is to get you and your passengers to your destination safely. If you are in a time crunch, set aside an allotted time for traffic or any unexpected issues you may have prior to leaving. This way, you don't find yourself driving carelessly because you're late.
  • Multitasking. Multitasking is a great skill to have - when you're not driving. Doing too much behind the wheel can distract you from the things going on around your car. Focus on the road when behind the wheel and pull over to a safe spot if you need to make a call, adjust your navigation or search for music.

SMART Technologies

With distracted driving being such a common issue found in drivers on the roads, there have been technologies created to help avoid these tendencies. A few of these technological advances include:

  • "Communicating" system for cars – designed to help prevent accidents by allowing vehicles to warn each other about accidents before they happen.
  • SMART steering wheel – designed like a steering wheel cover that will notify you when you become distracted. Its sensing and gesture recognition tool will alert you when you take your hands off the wheel to prevent you from becoming distracted.

If you find yourself often distracted while driving, it may be beneficial to look into investing in high-tech cars or purchasing separate SMART technologies. They are great investments that could help save you from severe injuries or fatalities.

Contact an Attorney

If you or someone you know has been injured in a distracted driving-related accident, you may be entitled to compensation. You must consider having a conversation with an attorney to help discuss your rights. Working with a skilled professional will help you better understand what is expected when filing a claim and increase your chances of the most compensation amounts. You deserve to put all of your energy into a full, healthy recovery.

Here at, Berelc Law Firm we are dedicated to fighting for your rights. With more than 60 years of combined experience, we have what it takes to win your case. Let us be your voice and pursue the compensation you need and deserve.

Call our firm at (706) 914-1915 today to schedule your free consultation.