One of the leading causes of car accidents today is distracted driving. It takes less than a second with your eyes off the road to cause a crash. Even something as simple and commonplace as looking down to change the song on your radio or putting your coffee back into the cup holder as you’re going down the road can be dangerous. No matter how simple a task may seem, it does split your attention and that means that you are no longer completely focused on the road. Even if you are driving responsibly, someone else you're sharing the road with may not be. This means that you need to be able to react quickly to whatever is happening which you cannot do reliably if you are distracted.
Many states and boroughs are actively trying to crack down on anyone who is distracted while driving. This means that anyone using their phone, even hands free, may be pulled over. If you are eating while driving, you may legally be distracted enough to get a ticket. Even taking your hand off the wheel to grab a quick drink may be an offense. The main thing to remember is that it is important to always be in complete control of your vehicle at all times, and this means using both hands.
When you are driving, you are responsible for yourself and anyone else who may be in your car. You are also responsible for whoever and whatever is near you to a certain extent. Getting onto the road means that you are entering into an unwritten agreement to be careful and not purposefully cause anyone else harm. While it may seem that some people don’t care about safety or even actively try to cause damage, it is important to always follow the rules of the road in a safe manner instead of responding in kind.
Unfortunately, distracted driving does often cause accidents. This means that a lot of injuries and even deaths are caused by things like cell phones and were completely avoidable. If you were injured in a crash caused by distracted driving, call the Accident and Injury Center to set up an appointment today. We can help you with your pain and any movement problems that you have noticed that seem to have been caused by an impact. Come in and see just how much better you feel after a few sessions with us!