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April 3, 2019

Distracted Driving Awareness Month: What You Need to Know

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Did you know that every day, at least nine Americans die, and 100 sustain injuries in distracted driving accidents? Distracted driving continues to be a significant issue on roadways and highways throughout the country.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Anderson car accident lawyers at GDS Law Group are seeking to help you recognize the dangers of distracted driving and eliminate distracted driving behaviors every time you’re behind the wheel.

If a distracted driver has injured you, reach out to our firm right away. We may be able to help you recover compensation for your damages by filing a car accident claim on your behalf. Call us at (765) 313-7092 today, or reach out online to schedule a free case consultation.

What is Distracted Driving?

When you think of distracted driving, texting or talking on a phone is likely the first thing that comes to mind. While phones are common driving distractions, the behavior entails performing virtually any activity that diverts your attention away from the road.

Some examples of these activities include texting, fumbling with your navigation system or radio, eating and drinking, grooming yourself, and watching videos. Rubbernecking or looking at a road distractions such as an accident scene or monument is also considered distracted driving.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Driving safely requires having your hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road in front of you all times. Even if you distract yourself for one moment, you may cause a serious accident. If a car in front of you comes to a sudden stop, you may run into it because you simply weren’t paying attention. Since anything can happen while you’re driving, remaining completely aware of your surroundings every time you’re in the driver’s seat is imperative.

How to Prevent Distracted Driving

There are a variety of ways you can prevent distracted driving and keep yourself and other motorists safe. Our car accident attorneys recommend the following tips:

  • Keep your phone in the trunk or a hard to reach area. If you are worried you won’t be able to resist the temptation to text or check your social media apps while driving, put your phone somewhere you can’t easily reach while you’re driving.
  • Speak to your employer. Responding to texts, emails, and phone calls for work while behind the wheel is dangerous. Encourage your employer to implement a distracted driving policy where employees must wait until they are parked or out of their vehicles before responding to work-related communications.
  • Leave early. If you find yourself eating, applying makeup, and engaging in other distracted driving behaviors simply because you’re always running late, get into the habit of leaving early.
  • Explore distracted driving apps – before you’re in the driver’s seat. There are a variety of apps that are designed to help drivers prevent distracted driving. They may allow you to block incoming messages or automatically notify your friends that you’re driving and unable to talk.
  • Leave pets at home. Pets can be a major distraction in the car. Therefore, it’s a good idea to leave them at home. If you must take them, however, don’t allow them to freely roam in your vehicle.
  • Set a good example. If you are a parent with a child who drives, it’s important to practice what you preach and avoid distracted driving behaviors at all times.

Injured in a Distracted Driving Accident? Contact GDS Law Group

If you’ve incurred injuries from a distracted driver, it is in your best interest to consult GDS Law Group as soon as possible. We can investigate your case and ensure your rights are protected. Contact us today at (765) 313-7092 to schedule a free evaluation of your case.

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