Distracted driving is a more serious issue than many Atlanta drivers may realize. According to a the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,092 people were killed and an estimated 416,000 were injured in car accidents nationwide involving a distracted driver in the year 2010. With the growing popularity of smart phones, this problem is not going away any time soon.
One of the best ways to avoid being involved in a distracted driving crash is to make sure that you are focused on the roadway at all times. It doesn’t take long for traffic conditions to change, and if you are staring at your phone or driving with your hands off of the wheel, you may not be able to react in time to avoid a crash.
According to the NHTSA, distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Some of the most common types of distractions that can lead to a serious injury accident include: reading or sending a text, checking email, making or receiving a phone call, eating, drinking, grooming, talking to passengers, checking a map, or adjusting the radio.
It is important while driving to limit the number of distractions in your car. Turn your phone off when you get into your car. It can be tempting to just quickly check an email or to send a text. It is also in your best interest to look up directions before getting into your car and to never do anything else, such as eating or grooming, while driving.
It is not possible to prevent all distracted driving accidents, but you can make sure that you are not the party responsible for the crash. At the Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., our Georgia distracted driving accident lawyers help injured victims of distracted drivers get the compensation they need. We offer free consultations at (404) 995-3955 to anyone who has suffered a loss in an Atlanta car accident.