Driver distraction plays a role in 8 out of every 10 car accidents in North America, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada. That equates to four million accidents. That means over four million people have their lives detrimentally affected by distractions while on the road; far too many in this lawyer's opinion.
New studies indicate texting while driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. Furthermore, the data shows experienced drivers are no better at driving while talking on a cell phone or texting than inexperienced drivers. What does this mean? Don't text and drive or talk for extensive periods on your cell phone while driving.
As an injury lawyer who's represented people seriously hurt in car accidents, I understand the ramifications of distracted driving. Do yourself a favor and turn your cell phone off while driving. This will ensure you don't get tempted to talk or text while on the road.
Here's a video illustrating the tragedy that can occur from distracted driving.
Here are some other guidelines to follow in order to prevent distracted driving:
- Remove or repair items that could impair your vision while driving such as damaged mirrors, hanging items from your rear view mirror, etc.
- Replace worn down windshield wipers. This is especially important during inclement weather.
- Replace worn down floor mats. This may seem insignificant, but a loose floor mat can deter your foot from properly hitting the brake or accelerator appropriately.
- Place beverages in a cup holder, not your lap. You never know when you'll hit a pot hole or have to swerve to avoid an object on the road. The beverage could lead to severe burns (if coffee or tea, for example) and a definite distraction.