Distracted driving can lead to serious car accidents that can cause serious injuries and harm to victims. It can also lead to potential liability for distracted drivers who may be considered negligent when they cause a car accident and liable for the damages victims suffer.
Tips to avoid distracted driving
There are some important ways to avoid distracted driving which can help keep everyone safer on the roadways including:
- Drivers can turn off their cell phones prior to driving and stow is in an area where they will not be tempted to reach for it;
- Drivers can record a voicemail greeting and program a text response that will automatically let those contacting them know that they are driving and are unavailable;
- Drivers can refrain from making or returning phone calls while they are driving, and can schedule time to safely pull off the road to make and return phone calls, emails and text messages;
- Drivers should not text while driving;
- If a phone call must be made, drivers can ask a passenger to make the phone call for them or can let someone else drive if they must make a phone call so they can focus on the road; and
- Drivers should not drive when they feel fatigued or drowsy.
Drivers should also refrain from eating, drinking or grooming while driving and should keep their eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and attention and focus on driving. When a distracted driver has harmed a victim, a personal injury claim for damages can be a valuable tool to help victims of distracted drivers recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages.