With nearly everyone having a smart phone, distracted driving has become an epidemic. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving claimed over 3,000 lives and injured almost 400,000 people in 2015. At Marcotte Law Firm, we see the effects of that firsthand. Many of our clients are injured due to the distracted driving of others. Looking down at a cell phone was more important than looking at the road.
What many do not realize is that distracted driving is more than just texting. Drivers can be distracted by a radio, food, or even by other passengers. These activities can be just as dangerous to yourself or others on the road.
This is why it’s important to be vigilant in keeping distractions to a minimum when you’re behind the wheel. Before you start the car, put your cell phone away, make sure you’ve already finished your lunch, and set up some pre-sets on your radio. While it might take a few extra seconds, it could end up saving you from being part of a statistic.