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Ways to Avoid Distracted Driving

by Jared Staver in Auto Accidents

Distracted driving continues to be a severe problem on U.S. roadways. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that each day, about nine people die, and more than 1,000 are injured in accidents that involve a distracted driver. Fortunately, there are many ways drivers can work to avoid distracted driving and keep themselves, as well as other drivers, safe.

If you or a loved one sustained an injury in a distracted driving accident, reach out to our highly skilled car crash attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. right away. Call us at today to arrange your free consultation with an experienced attorney.

What is Distracted Driving?

Most people assume that distracted driving is merely taking their eyes off the road. However, there are three different types of distracted driving, which include:

  • Visual distractions: Any action that causes a driver to take their eyes off the road is a visual distraction. Some examples of visual distractions involve reading text messages, going through a purse, or turning around to look for something in the back seat.
  • Manual distractions: Actions that cause a driver to take their hands off the steering wheel are considered manual distractions. Applying makeup, fumbling with radio controls, and sending emails are all examples of manual distractions.
  • Cognitive distractions: Actions that take a driver’s thoughts away from driving are cognitive distractions. Thinking about an incident that occurred at work or having a conversation with a passenger are considered cognitive distractions.

Tips for Reducing Distracted Driving

Turn Off Your Phone

The use of a cell phone is a leading cause of distracted driving crashes. Therefore, it’s wise to turn off your cell phone while you’re behind the wheel. You should also ensure it is out of reach while you’re driving, so you aren’t tempted to use it. It’s important to note that even hands-free devices can be distracting and take your attention away from the road.

Limit the Passengers in Your Vehicle

It’s extremely easy to be distracted by other passengers riding in your vehicle. Thus, you should consider limiting the number of passengers allowed in your car while you are driving. Conversations with passengers or the actions of passengers can distract you, and the fewer you have, the less likely you are to engage in distracted driving.

Do Not Multi-Task While Driving

Even if you wish to multi-task to save time, you should avoid doing so. Apply makeup and brush your hair before you leave your home, rather than while you’re in the driver’s seat. Moreover, adjust your GPS, radio, mirrors, and other devices before driving. You should also send any urgent emails or texts before getting on the road.

Pull Over When Necessary

If an incident or issue comes up that requires your immediate attention while you’re driving, pull over to the side of the road. This way, you can take care of whatever you need to without putting yourself at risk for a distracted driving accident.

Injured in a Distracted Driving Accident? Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

Even if you make an effort to avoid distracted driving, other drivers may still engage in this dangerous practice and cause an accident. If you become injured in a crash that was caused by a distracted driver, call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at for a free, no-obligation consultation. We may be able to help in obtaining compensation on your behalf for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Contact our skilled legal team right away.