We all know the feeling of driving behind a car whose driver is very obviously
not paying attention to the road. They slam on their brakes, drive slower
than the speed limit, swerve in and out of the lanes. Sometimes, it’s
even hard to tell the difference between a drunk driver and a distracted one.
While most people would never consider driving under the influence of drugs
or alcohol, distracted driving is much more accepted in today’s
society. Although texting and driving are typically frowned upon, things
like eating in the car, drinking coffee, looking at the GPS, changing
the radio, or scolding kids in the backseat can all result in hazardous
situations on the road.
According to the NHSTA, during daylight hours, approximately 660,000 drivers
are using cell phones while driving. With frequency so high, it’s
no wonder accidents involving distracted drivers are so common with 3,477
people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes
involving distracted drivers in 2015 alone.
What to do if you see a distracted driver:
If you are driving and notice the signs of a distracted driver, it is best
to give the driver space. If the driver is behind you, consider pulling
over to let the driver pass to avoid being rear-ended by a driver who
isn’t paying attention.
If the driver seems to be posing a significant risk to themselves and others,
pull over to the side of the road, write down their license plate number,
and call 911. Do not try to engage a distracted driver; call 911 while
driving (and risk becoming distracted yourself); or attempt to make the
driver pull over.
Ways to prevent instances of distracted driving:
The best way to prevent distracted driving incidents is to actively choose
to not drive while distracted. Put your phone away, hand the GPS to a
passenger, leave the radio alone, and wait to eat until you are either
parked or at home.
Additionally, act as a role model for younger drivers by following best
driving practices when young people are in the car – lead by example.
If you are a passenger in a car with a distracted driver, encourage the
driver to stop what they are doing to prevent accidents and injuries.
If you were in an accident involving a distracted driver, follow these
tips on what to do after an accident. If someone else was responsible
for causing the accident in which you were injured, you should not hesitate
to pursue the compensation that you will need to cover these expenses.
As such, it is important to enlist the help of a Long Island personal
injury lawyer right away and review the circumstances of your accident.
By consulting with a legal professional from The Odierno Law Firm, P.C.,
you can rest assured that your best interests will be kept in mind throughout
the entire process and that we will do whatever we can to assist you in
pursuing the monetary compensation that you deserve.