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Preventing Distractions in the Car

Preventing Distractions in the Car

a woman driving with her hands on the wheelDistracted driving is one of the top causes of car accidents in the United States, and it’s a growing problem. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is a “dangerous epidemic” and has increased dramatically in recent years.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that distracted driving kills nine and injures more than 1,000 people in the U.S. every day.

Learn the top distractions found in cars and how to avoid them to reduce your chances of an accident.

Common Forms of Distracted Driving

Many people think that using a smartphone while driving is the only form of distracted driving. There are, however, many other forms of distracted driving that can be just as dangerous. These include the following:

  • Eating and drinking

  • Talking to passengers

  • Personal grooming

  • Reading, including maps

  • Watching videos

  • Managing children or pets in the car

In order to ensure a safer trip, take the following measures to remove distractions from your vehicle:

  • Refrain from looking at or using your smartphone while driving.

  • Set the radio station to the proper channel before you start driving.

  • Make sure children and pets are safely secured in the back.

  • Do not bring food or drinks in the car with you.

  • Ask passengers to talk at a low volume.

Injured in a Car Accident? Contact Us Today

Even if you take all of the aforementioned safety precautions, other drivers may not. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, our Florida personal injury attorneys are here to help.

Contact Roman & Gaynor at (727) 877-1212 to learn how we may assist you.

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