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.