In the United States, 1 out of 4 car accidents are caused by texting while driving. These accidents can result in serious injury or even death. It can be tempting to see a text you have received, but it isn’t worth getting into an auto accident. It’s also important to pay attention to other drivers on the road at all times, as they could be distracted through texting and driving as well.
If you have been involved in a car accident due to another party’s distracted driving, The Dinelli Law Firm can help you prove their negligence is what caused the accident. While you are on the road, there are steps you can take to minimize your chances of ending up in a car crash due to texting and driving.
Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
An excellent way to avoid getting into a car crash is to be aware of other drivers on the road. You may be focused on driving, but others on the road could be distracted by texting and driving. Make sure to pay attention to the other vehicles on the road for erratic behavior such as frequently hitting brakes and drifting into other lanes of traffic.
Educate Teens on the Dangers of Texting and Driving
If you have a teenager, you may be concerned about them texting and driving, as around 82% of drivers from age 16 to 24 report that they have done so. Make sure they understand the dangers of texting while driving. Answering a text takes around five seconds, and that is enough time to travel the length of a football field when going 55 mph. There are also apps that can disable texting on a phone when it detects that it is in a moving vehicle.
Don’t Be Overconfident
Adults have more driving experience than teenagers, which may lead to overconfidence in a driver’s multitasking abilities. However, there is no such thing as multitasking when it comes to driving, and the driver needs to have their full attention on the road at all times. Unexpected things can happen while driving, such as quick lane changes or sudden stops. Also, by not focusing on the road, a driver can miss other things such as stoplights or unexpected obstructions in the road.
Contact The Dinelli Law Firm
We’re Albuquerque’s trusted car accident attorneys, and if you or someone you know has suffered in an auto accident due to the carelessness of another driver, contact us today for a free consultation. We will work with you every step of the way to get you the compensation and justice you deserve.