Distracted Driving: The Leading Cause of Car Accidents and How to Avoid It

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents in the United States. With the rise of smartphones and other electronic devices, it's more important than ever to be aware of the dangers of distracted driving and take steps to avoid it. Here are some tips to help you stay focused on the road:

Put You Phone Away

One of the most common distractions while driving is the use of cell phones. Texting, scrolling through social media, or even just answering a call can take your attention away from the road and increase your risk of an accident. To avoid this, put your phone away before you start driving. If you need to use your phone for navigation or music, consider using a hands-free device or setting it up before you start driving.

Don't Eat or Drink While Driving

Eating or drinking while driving can also be a major distraction. It takes your hands off the wheel and your eyes off the road, even if only for a few seconds. If you need to eat or drink, pull over to a safe spot and take a break.

Ask Passengers to Not Distract You

Having passengers in your car can also be a distraction, especially if they're rowdy or loud. To avoid this, make sure your passengers are buckled up and remind them to avoid distracting you while you're driving.

Stay Focused On the Road

Finally, it's important to stay focused on the road at all times. This means avoiding other distractions like adjusting the radio, putting on makeup, or even daydreaming. Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.

By following these tips, you can reduce your risk of a car accident caused by distracted driving. If you do find yourself in an accident, however, it's important to know your rights and seek legal help if necessary. At Audette, Audette & Violette, LLC, we specialize in helping clients who have been injured in car accidents. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you.


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