10 Distractions that Keep You From Driving Safely
In our technology driven society, it is rare to find someone not carrying their cell phone or other electronic device at any given time. While cell phones and other devices allow us to stay connected with family, work and friends, they can also lead to multi-tasking at times when it is dangerous to do so. Multi-tasking while driving and other driver distractions have become commonplace and are now one of the top causes of car accident injuries and deaths annually. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nine people are killed and over 1,000 injured each day due to distracted driving.
The car accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are troubled by the high number of distracted driving accidents. We want to remind all drivers to put down their electronic devices while behind the wheel. The following is a look at 10 of the most common distractions that can lead to unsafe driving:
- Using a handheld cell phone: Although Georgia has not banned the use of cell phones while driving, talking on a hand held phone diverts the driver's attention and leads to tragic accidents.
- Using a hands free device: The use of hands free devices does not significantly improve the rate of distracted driving. Making calls or engaging in other tasks on a hands free device still diverts attention from the road.
- Eating or drinking: Stop in a safe place before you eat or drink so that your hands can be devoted to the task of driving.
- Texting: Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous behaviors you can engage in as it pulls your eyes, attention and hands from the wheel.
- Engaging in personal grooming: Finish getting ready before you get in the car so you are not distracted.
- Talking to passengers: Driving with passengers has been noted to increase the risk of accidents, especially for teens. Focus on the road and not those in the car with you.
- Using a GPS: Although GPS devices make it easier to find your destination, looking down or over at these devices can increase your risk of accidents.
- Daydreaming: Drivers must keep their mind focused on the road at all times or serious accidents can result.
- Adjusting the radio, air conditioning, or other controls: Be sure to set your vehicle's radio, air conditioning and all other devices to your preferences before setting off on the road so you do not become distracted.
- Reaching for objects: Secure all items before you start to drive so that you will not find yourself reaching for fallen items.
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If you have been injured in a car accident, contact the Georgia Auto Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our firm is dedicated to assisting those injured in all manner of traffic accidents across Georgia and in the Southeast. We bring over 30 years of experience to your car accident case, and maintain a goal of providing you with the exceptional representation you need to obtain the best possible outcome. The sooner you act after your injury, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.