The Best Ways to Avoid Distracted Driving Accidents
Distracted driving causes more injuries and takes more lives than many other types of accidents in New Mexico and across the nation. In fact, according to recent studies, approximately 3,166 lives were taken in these accidents across the U.S. in 2017 alone. Many people are unaware that these accidents are completely preventable and can be avoided when drivers do not engage in dangerous behaviors.
When a distracted driving accident occurs and causes serious injuries, a victim may be thrust into a difficult position as they attempt to move forward. It is in your best interest to speak with a skilled New Mexico car accident attorney about your options.
Preventing Distracted Driving Accidents
There are many different activities that can be classified as distracted driving. There are three main types of distractions identified as manual distractions, visual distractions, and cognitive distractions. These include distractions such as using a GPS device, using a cell phone, focusing on the scenery instead of the road, and driving under the influence among many others. The following are some of the ways that you can avoid distracted driving on New Mexico roads:
Put Down the Cell Phone: Texting and driving is the main reason for distracted driving accidents every year. Texting while driving led to thousands of deaths in 2016 alone and catastrophic injuries, up to and including death, only continue to multiply each passing year. The reason it is so dangerous to use your cell phone while driving is that it causes you to engage in all three types of distractions. For instance, using your cell phone can cause you to lose visual awareness of the road, may cause you to remove your hands from the steering wheel, and coerce you to concentrate on your phone rather than the road. When you are distracted and not fully aware of your surroundings, the possibility of an accident is greatly heightened.
Limit Passengers: Traveling with too many passengers also causes distractions when driving. Many people do not realize how distracting it can be to focus on conversations and interact with passengers rather than full concentration when driving. To decrease the distractions, you can limit how many passengers are in your vehicle. Setting rules for interactions with passengers while driving can also decrease the number of distractions in your vehicle.
Don’t Eat and Drive: Eating and drinking while driving can cause a motorist’s attention to be taken from the roadway. Many motorists will remove their hands from the steering wheel to eat or may frequently wipe their hands and mouth while driving. When a person engages in these behaviors, they no longer have full control of their vehicle. It is recommended that you eat before you start driving or pull over to eat. Eating before you begin driving will eliminate this distraction and allow you to maintain full control of your vehicle.
Speaking with an Attorney After a Distracted Driving Accident
If you have already been involved in a distracted driving accident due to a negligent driver, you probably have a multitude of questions as you move forward. Our skilled car accident attorneys at Will Ferguson & Associates will be able to evaluate your case and determine your options for proceeding with a claim. Please contact one of our attorneys today to schedule your free consultation at (505) 243-5566.