Many of us pride ourselves on being masters of multitasking, but one place where you should never test your ability to do multiple things at once is while you are behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Any time you engage in any other activity besides driving while operating a motor vehicle it is considered a form of distracted driving and it is incredibly dangerous. Although we tend to associate the use of a cellphone while driving as a form of distracted driving, the truth is that there are several ways in which a driver can become distracted, all of which can lead to a deadly accident. If you were injured in an accident that was caused by a distracted driver, it is imperative that you hire a skilled legal advocate to fight on your behalf as soon as possible.
Below is a list of the most common forms of distracted driving:
- Talking and texting: As mentioned earlier, talking and texting on a cellphone is one of the most distracting behaviors drivers engage in while driving. This terrible habit is responsible for about 26% of all car crashes, according to the National Safety Council. If something is really important and requires your attention, safely pull over to an area where you can tend to any emails, texts, or phone calls before you resume your trip. Otherwise, if it can wait, stay focused on the task at hand – driving.
- GPS: We all heavily rely on the use of a GPS to ensure we get to our destination. However, if you are tinkering around with this device while you are already on the road, it could lead to a disastrous accident. Set up your route before you start your car and make sure you take a quick look at the directions, so that if it begins to recalculate, you still have an idea of where you are going. Moreover, it is crucial that you mount it where it is easily visible, so you do not have to look away to view the directions.
- Adjusting the controls or music: The perfect temperature and perfect songs are both important for drivers to feel comfortable during their drive, no matter how short or long the trip might be. Before you hit the road, make sure everything is just as you like it. Adjust the temperature, make sure your seat is positioned properly, and get a good playlist going that you will not have to tinker with later. The less you have to fuss about while driving, the safer you will be.
- Applying makeup or grooming: No matter how late you might be running, the place to put the last finishing touches to your look is not while you are driving. Grooming or applying makeup both require you to take your hands off the wheel and your eyes off the road, making this a seriously dangerous habit. If you really need to comb your hair or apply mascara, wait until you arrive at your destination and park your car.
- Not looking at the road: Sure, there is a lot to see while you are driving and it is only natural to want to take a look at the sights, but any time you are operating a motor vehicle, your eyes should be on the road ahead and nowhere else. Averting your eyes, even for a matter of seconds, can result in an accident.
- Handling pets or children: Your pet might be your best friend, but allowing it to sit on your lap while you drive is not safe for either of you. Keep your pet in a carrier to keep it from roaming freely within the vehicle and distracting you. If you have children, make sure they are buckled up and do not allow their attempts to get your attention to keep you from staying focused on driving.
Skilled Personal Injury Attorneys in Massachusetts
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by a distracted driver, you should not have to pay for their negligence. You have a right to pursue fair and just compensation that will cover the costs of your medical bills, lost wages, and more. At Percy Law Group, PC in Massachusetts, our skilled personal injury team is backed by over 100 years of combined legal experience that we will use to your advantage. Backed by a proven track record of success, you can trust that your case will be in good hands with us.