Everyday in the United States, nine people die and over 1,060 are injured in crashes related to distracted driving, according to the Center for Disease Control. It defines the problem as taking your eyes, hands, or mind off the task of driving, even momentarily. If you don’t want to be part of this statistic today, follow a few tips:
Avoid doing anything that takes your hands off the wheel as long as you’re driving. Don’t eat a fast-food order, drink a soda, apply makeup, or fiddle with the controls on your navigation system. If you must perform any of these tasks, either do it before you start the car, or pull over to a safe place.
In Colorado, it is illegal for anyone under 18 years, or with a learner’s permit, to use any “mobile communication device,” such as a smartphone. The only exceptions are while safely parked or to contact public safety officials, such as a police officer. It is also dangerous for anyone of any age to call or text while driving. The best way to avoid any temptation is to silence your phone before the start of your trip. You remove any possibility of responding to a call or text message.
Drowsiness causes more than 100,000 crashes a year, producing 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. It is not only prevalent late at night, but also in the early evening after a hard day of work, or anytime if the driver did not get enough sleep the night before. If you find yourself becoming too tired or sleepy to concentrate, pull off the road and catch a few winks. Then you can wake up refreshed and continue your journey.
Even if you follow these guidelines and drive safely, you may still end up in an accident because of other people. If so, contact us immediately. As your Colorado Springs car accident attorneys, we want to defend your rights and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.