As the National Safety Council (NSC) has reported, 2018 offered a startling look into highway accident fatalities. No fewer than 40,000 adults and children died that year due to car, truck, and related crashes for the third year in a row. Sadly, many of the incidents could be traced back to distracted drivers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) noted that just under 3500 people were killed in 2016 due to distracted driving car accidents.
Delaware car accident lawyers deal all too often with clients who have been injured, or family relatives who lost loved ones in distracted driving collisions.
Because April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we encourage you to take the following tips to heart to reduce your likelihood of taking your eyes off the road. All it takes is a few seconds to avoid becoming a statistic or harming someone else.
Save Hygiene for Home
Are you tempted to put on makeup like mascara and lipstick when driving? Do you comb your hair while in the midst of traffic? Smooth out your collar or shirt wrinkles? Hygiene of this kind is best done at home in front of the mirror, or when you get safely to your destination.
Set Music Ahead of Time
You might not always like what you hear coming through your car radio, but constantly switching the channels can become a distraction. Set your music and forget it before you leave your driveway or the parking lot.
Remember that even using hands-free channel changing can cognitively distract you from your main driving responsibilities. As a side note, turn the music down so you can hear other drivers and emergency vehicles, and never wear earbuds while operating a vehicle.
Stop Eating While Driving
Most people have eaten a hamburger or munched on a bag of potato chips while driving. However, it can be a huge distraction. What happens if your food spills? Your first thought might not be to keep your eyes locked on your road. It is better to avoid the distraction, and eat before and after you drive, not during.
Send Texts When You are Not in Your Vehicle
Is it tough for you to resist checking your smartphone when a text message comes through? Even if you can have it read to you through an AI assistant, wait until you have parked your car to explore new texts.
Nothing you read will be as important as keeping yourself from getting in an accident. Besides, texting while operating a vehicle is a crime in Delaware.
Avoid Taking Photos
We have all seen funny bumper stickers or billboards that we wanted to immediately photograph and send to friends. Even if you are stuck in unmoving traffic or at a red light, do not take an image.
Feel like you just have to take a photo? Pull your car to a safe place, turn off the engine, and then take your snapshot.
Delaware Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Work with Victims of Distracted Driving Incidents
Were you or someone in your family hurt because of a distracted driver? Make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve to help cover damages such as medical bills and pain and suffering. Reach out to a Delaware car accident lawyer at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC at 302-888-1221 or contact us online for a free consultation. We represent clients across Delaware, including Wilmington, Dover, Middletown, and Newark, as well as throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.