Distracted driving continues to be a major problem in North Carolina despite public awareness campaigns and strict laws. The state Department of Transportation reports more than 4,100 crashes statewide involving distracted drivers during one recent year, leading to thousands of injuries and deaths. Tragically, virtually all of these outcomes were entirely preventable and could have been avoided had drivers paid enough attention to the task at hand.
With that in mind, the attorneys at Poisson, Poisson & Bower, PLLC, want to let our fellow North Carolinians know how to avoid potential driving distractions and keep themselves and those around them safe.
What ‘Multitasking While Driving’ Means
One of the most common forms of distracted driving is multitasking or attempting to do something else while also operating a vehicle. This other activity could be anything from talking on the phone or sending a text message to eating a snack or applying makeup in the mirror.
It does not really matter what the other activity is – what matters is that the driver is no longer concentrating on safely operating their car. It is a huge problem, not only because most of us are poor multitaskers but also because it only takes a split second of distraction to cause a crash.
How to Prevent Distracted Driving
It’s up to all of us to prevent distracted driving accidents. With that in mind, consider the following tips for keeping your focus on the road while you’re behind the wheel:
- Only use your cell phone in an emergency, even if your car has a hands-free system. To make absolutely sure you are not distracted by your phone, turn it off or put it on “do not disturb” and leave it out of arm’s reach.
- Limit the number of passengers in your car when possible.
- Don’t eat while you drive, as it requires you to take a hand off the wheel. If you have a drink in the car with you, open it before you start driving.
- If you want to listen to music while driving, create a playlist beforehand so you are not fussing with the vehicle controls while the car is in motion.
- Keep the volume at a reasonable level so you can hear horns, train whistles, sirens, and other indicators of a potential emergency. Never wear headphones or earbuds while driving.
- Consider downloading apps to prevent distracted driving to further protect yourself and others on the road. You can find some great options by clicking this link.
Contact the Distracted Driving Lawyers at Poisson, Poisson & Bower Today
If you have been hurt in an accident caused by a distracted driver, the North Carolina injury attorneys at Poisson, Poisson & Bower, PLLC, want to help you seek compensation for your injuries. Our highly experienced and compassionate team can handle all the legal work for you as you focus on your health and well-being.
Contact us today for a free consultation and learn more about your options.