Nowadays, there are more ways than ever to get distracted while you are driving. Maybe you have a new driver in your household, or maybe you just need a refresher yourself as to the dangers of distracted driving – either way, here are some things we should all be aware of when driving.
How does driving while distracted affect you?
It isn’t just cell phone use that contributes to distracted driving – although you could argue that the rates of distracted driving have gone up greatly ever since cell phones became so commonplace. And distracted driving happens even in states where using hand-held cell phones is prohibited while driving.
People are also distracted when they eat or drink while driving, if their car isn’t working quite right and they are trying to determine why, if they are putting on makeup or combing their hair, and when they are talking to passengers, dealing with pets in the car, paying attention to kids in the backseat, or even if they are changing the radio station or just looking out the window at something. When you are distracted, you
• Might not have enough time to stop for a changing light, a car that’s stopped suddenly in front of you, a stop sign you didn’t realize was there, or a hazard in the roadway
• Have an impaired ability to react to what’s going on around you
• Can’t react properly if something suddenly goes wrong with your car
• Have an increased tendency to swerve into another lane
Have you been involved in an accident with a distracted driver? If so, you need an attorney with a compassionate touch. You need an attorney who knows what to do to investigate your accident to determine exactly what happened, and to find out for sure if the other driver was distracted – cell phone records, camera footage, witness testimony, and evidence at the crash scene can all be things an experienced attorney can use to work on your case. Laurie Robbins has years of experience helping victims of distracted drivers, and she can help you. Call the Atlanta office for a free consultation today, at 404-252-8117.