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Distracted driving is more dangerous than you think

On Behalf of | Aug 1, 2023 | Car Accidents

The problem of distracted driving has been around for quite a while now. You have probably heard the term and know that distracted driving is the cause of many Mississippi car accidents.

Even though most of us know the dangers of distracted driving, the statistics show that it continues to remain a problem.

According to the Mississippi Department of Health, three-quarters of adult drivers admitted to talking on a phone while driving and one-third stated they had read, written or sent a text message while driving.

A distracted driving accident can happen in seconds

Almost 80% of all accidents involved distraction by a driver during the last three seconds before the accident. This shows that a distraction can arise in mere seconds, causing an accident.

Distracted driving is anything that takes your focus off the primary task of driving. Using a cell phone is not the only form of distracted driving.

Eating, drinking, adjusting a music or navigation system or talking to children or a passenger are all forms of distracted driving. Glancing out the side window to look at nice scenery or looking at a billboard or a sign is also considered distracted driving.

However, cell phones remain one of the biggest factors in distracted driving accidents. You can usually spot at least one or two drivers on their phones during any drive.

Tips to avoid distracted driving

Not using your phone while driving is one of the best ways you can avoid distracted driving. If you must use your phone, have a passenger use the phone for you or ask if they can drive so you can use your phone.

Try to limit your eating and drinking while driving. Do it before you drive so you are not at risk of becoming hungry or thirsty while on the road.

Preparation is important when it comes to navigation or music, as well. Set your navigation and music settings before you start driving. If you must change them while driving, see if you can pull over to a safe place before navigating.

You cannot always control the actions of the other people in your vehicle, especially children. Make sure all children are buckled up and secure in their seats and remind them that it is important to be quiet so you can drive.

Your legal options after a car accident

An accident with a distracted driver can cause you serious or life-threatening injuries. Your car may be totaled, and you might miss work. The costs can quickly add up.

You likely want justice for the unfair situation you have found yourself in. Distracted driving is negligent driving, and if you can prove negligence in a personal injury lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your damages.

Damages include your medical bills, lost wages and the cost of your pain and suffering. Many car accident victims experience major mental health issues after an accident, you could potentially receive compensation for that, as well.