In 2013, 3,154 people were killed and 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. Distracted driving is any activity that may divert a driver’s attention away from the task of driving, including eating, adjusting the radio, talking to passengers, and texting. Because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most distracting. Knowing of this danger, here are a few tips to help you focus more on your driving and less on your phone.

  1. Plan Ahead
    Before you start the car, think about all necessary texts that need to be sent. Doing this before you start your trip will allow you to focus on driving and not on your phone.
  2. Designated Texter
    If messages need to be sent during your trip, assign a passenger in the car to send texts for you while you are behind the wheel.
  3. Put It Away
    Out of sight, out of mind…put your phone somewhere you can’t peek at it. Try keeping it in your purse, glove compartment, or even the back seat.
  4. Silence Notifications
    By turning off the sounds you will be less tempted to check your phone. If necessary, turn your phone completely off while you are in the car.
  5. Practice Patience
    Before reaching for your phone while you are behind the wheel, consider whether that text is worth risking your safety and the safety of others in your car.
  6. Pull Over
    If you absolutely cannot wait, pull over safely. Once your car is safely parked, you can check your phone.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to distracted driving, contact The Law Office of Thomas Grier to discuss how to get the compensation you deserve.