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Preventing Distracted Driving Accidents

Distracted driving is a hazardous activity, as it can take a driver’s visual, manual, and cognitive attention away from the task of driving. For example, sending a text can take a driver’s eyes, hands, and mind away from driving for five seconds. When traveling at high speeds on the freeway, this is equivalent to driving the length of a football field blindfolded.

Read the following tips to prevent distracted driving in your own vehicle in order to stay safe on the road.

Preventing Distractions in Your Car

The following safety tips can help you prevent distractions in your own vehicle while driving.

  1. Use your phone for emergencies only. Smartphones are a major distraction for motorists. Even if you are not looking at your phone, its vibrations and sounds can be distracting while driving. Make it a point to put your phone aside and if there is an emergency, pull over to the side of the road to make a call.

  2. Do not drive while drowsy. Do not attempt to make a long drive if you are feeling tired. Rather, get off the road and find somewhere you can rest before starting back on your way.

  3. Make sure children and pets are safely secured. Children and pets can pose a major distraction for drivers. Make sure children are safely buckled and pets are secure in a crate or in the back of the car before heading out.

  4. Do not perform personal grooming while driving. Avoid brushing hair, applying makeup, and other personal grooming activities while driving. Finish these activities before getting into the car.

  5. Keep volume low in the car. Listen to music at a low volume and ask passengers to speak quietly while you are driving so you can listen for potential hazards or alerts on the road.

Injured by a Distracted Driver? We Can Help

Even if you practice safe driving habits, it is likely that other drivers will not. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, our Washington, D.C. personal injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel can help protect your rights. We have extensive experience helping clients recover the compensation they deserve after an unexpected accident or injury.

Contact us today at (202) 644-8303 to learn how we can assist you.