Distractions while driving come in many forms. One form that many of us can relate to is slowing down to observe the aftermath of highway accidents. Despite the fact that it is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, this problem persists, and what’s worse is people are using their mobile devices to take photos of accidents while driving.
A recent study revealed that more than 70 percent of drivers take photos or video of crashes or traffic stops. Roughly 60 percent of these drivers claimed to then post the pictures while driving. Additionally, many also confessed to almost hitting emergency response vehicles on the side of the road during the process.
Distracted Behavior Causes Accidents
These days it seems as though drivers are simply unwilling to put their phones down while they are operating their vehicles. According to the National Safety Council, at least nine Americans die every day as a result of distracted driving crashes. So how do we fix the problem?
Many distracted driving habits can be broken with a few simple tips:
- Keep your phone in your purse or console of your vehicle to avoid using it while driving.
- Turn your phone’s volume to silent.
- Avoid any type of multi-tasking while driving.
- Pull over and stop to use your phone for emergencies.
- Avoid reaching for anything that might have fallen while you are driving.
- Set the example for friends and family by avoiding your phone while driving and not distracting them when you are a passenger.
- Use an app that helps monitor your teen driver’s text history, or one that even locks their phone while they drive.
- Establish consequences. The law might not be enough to stop loved ones. Be tough when enforcing this rule.
Texas Distracted Driving Accident Help
While road officials have worked hard to inform and spread the word of the dangers of distracted driving, it hasn’t slowed down yet. Always keep these tips in mind when you get in your vehicle and begin to drive and encourage others to do the same.
Unfortunately, many of us cannot control the actions of negligent drivers. Too many U.S. drivers operate their vehicles with little regard for others on the road. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a distracted driving accident or crash caused by a negligent driver, we can help. Contact Liggett Law Group for your free consultation today.