Snellville PI Attorney Shane Smith Explains that Driving Distracted Can Have Deadly Consequences
Have you seen another driver on the road attempting to read a map, talk on their cellphone, apply makeup or have something to eat while they were driving? If you said yes to this, then you have seen distracted driving in action. This careless behavior can cause severe injuries, even death if a driver is driving distracted for even a second.
A study in 2006 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that distracted driving was the number one factor in auto accidents and near auto accidents. 4 out of 5 auto accidents involved some level of driver distraction within 3 seconds of the crash or near crash. The United States Dept. of Transportation found that nearly half (49%) of surveyed operators believe eating or drinking distracts drivers.
Since driving on the road is so dangerous, it is essential to keep an eye out for other drivers who may be driving distracted. However, even the most aware motor vehicle operators do not see everything and end up in an auto accident.
Although distracted driving is dangerous and some situations are unavoidable, there are some things you can do to minimize your chances of being involved in a car or truck accident from a distracted driver.
- Keep your eyes on the road and do not keep your eyes focused on objects that are not driving related.
- Use your mirrors – use every single mirror in your car to keep an eye on cars and trucks all around you. By continually scanning around your car you will increase your chances of spotting a distracted driver which will give you time to move out of the way or if you can’t escape prepare as best as possible to reduce the chance of becoming injured or killed.
- If you have passengers in your car, have them take care of tasks. For example, if you need to use a map or have directions to get somewhere, have them read it and tell you where to turn so you can keep your eyes and mind on the road.
Staying aware of your surroundings on the road and using all of your resources will help you minimize your chances of being involved in an auto crash caused by distracted driving. If you have been involved in a car crash, it is essential to speak with a Snellville PI attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. During your free legal consultation you will be able to go over your individual circumstances with a Snellville truck accident lawyer. Call our law firm today at (770) 487-8999 today!