Every day we come across distracted drivers on our city streets and highways. Whether it is someone texting, surfing or talking on their phone, applying make-up, changing the channel on their radios, eating, etc…just observe your fellow drivers and you will see how common it is.
Injuries & Deaths Due to Distracted Drivers
Unfortunately, the majority of drivers are looking elsewhere rather than focusing their attention to the road. Everyday there are over 8 people killed and almost 1200 injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. In 2014, according to Distraction.gov 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. The CDC defines distracted driving as “driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving.” There are many ways an individual can be distracted, however they are categorized into 3 main groups.
There are 3 main types of driving distractions
- Visual: taking your eyes off of the road.
- Manual: taking your hand off of the steering wheel.
- Cognitive: not paying attention, taking your mind off of what you are doing.
Many states are enacting laws such as banning texting while driving, or using a graduated driver licensing systems for teen drivers, to help raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and to limit the frequency of these types of accidents from occurring. Florida Law prohibits texting while driving; however it is very difficult to police individuals who carelessly use their cell phones while operating a car, truck or motorcycle.
Tips for Distraction Free Driving
Below are a few ways in which you can limit your distractions and be a more cognizant driver.
- Try not to use a cell phone while driving. If you have to, pull over to the side of the road to use it.
- Try not to drive with too many passengers as the risk of distractions grows significantly.
- Don’t eat or drink while driving.
- Confine pets to carriers in your vehicle. This will limit the risk of an animal jumping in your lap.
- Try to set your music, car temperature and/or navigation prior to driving.
- Don’t drive while drowsy.
- Tell passengers to keep the volume down and no rough housing in the vehicle.
These are a few basic tips that can help go a long way in keeping you distraction free while driving on our roads and highways. It is important when you are behind the wheel, that driving your vehicle is your sole focus. It would be a tragedy to lose your life or take the life of someone else over a mere text.
Gainesville Auto Accident Attorney
The Law Office of Laurie D. Mitchell is a Gainesville personal injury firm who has been representing injured victims and their families for almost 30 years. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a distracted driver and need legal representation call us today for a free consultation. Our staff is ready to assist you with aggressive representation. We charge no fees, nor costs associated with your case unless you win. Call us at 352-371-9828.