Have you ever wondered why there are so many car accidents happening every day? It is almost impossible that most of the drivers are inexperienced and just bad at driving. So what could be the cause of so many car accidents?
The answer is simple: distractions. Everyone can get distracted, even for one second, and while driving, that one second could cause you to end up in the hospital. Distractions are responsible for causing over 78 percent car accidents each year in the U.S. As a driver, it is your responsibility to prevent distractions from occurring and when and if they do, prevent them from distracting you. One could say that your job is to “distract the distraction”. Here are some tips that can help you stay safe on the road.
Focus 101 percent
Every time you drive, you should focus on the road ahead. Imagine doing an exam, or writing a job interview. Use the same type of focus and keep your eyes on the road. That way, you will spot a problematic driver, see those who merge lanes without signalization and be able to dodge a car accident if the person in front of you decides to break for no reason.
Put Aside Your Electronics
The most common type of distraction comes in the form of a simple electronic device – your phone. If you can manage to put your phone aside while driving, you will reduce the risk of getting caught in a car accident by an incredible 85 percent. Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyers suggest that you either use handsfree devices (Bluetooth headphones) or to turn off your phone’s sounds completely while driving. You do not want to cause or get caught in a car accident while talking on your phone.
Don’t Snack and Drive
Snacks are always welcome, but if you are driving and trying to open that impossibly wrapped chocolate bar, you will lose focus off the road and potentially end up causing an accident (or getting involved in one). For that reason, eat and drink before you start the trip. If you are feeling hungry or thirsty, the general rule is to pull over, do what you have to do and eat or drink, and then continue the ride.
If you cannot devote your entire focus and attention to driving, you are distracted by something. Take care of that distraction before you start driving, or risk putting your life and the lives of everyone in your vehicle and on the road in danger. Once the accident occurs, it is too late to try and change things. If another activity requires your attention, instead of dealing with it while driving, look for a place to pull over and deal with it to continue driving safely.
If by any chance you get involved in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, Personal Injury Attorneys in Los Angeles will help you seek compensation for your injuries and your:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Be sure to give them a call and schedule your free consultation. Remember that every distraction, no matter how small, may be your last one. Think about that before you allow yourself to turn your focus away from driving.