This is 2020. It's clearly been a tough year for everyone and there's no reason to add on to the heartbreak by driving irresponsibly. By that, we mean, driving distracted. The consequences just simply aren't worth it. When you drive distracted, you aren't only putting your life at risk, but you are endangering the lives of those around you as well. Our personal injury lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few reasons why you should never drive distracted in this week's blog. If you have been involved in an auto accident that was caused by a distracted driver, please contact one of our personal injury attorneys in Lake Ozark today. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at 573-348-2211. Your first consultation is free.
Why You Should NEVER Drive Distracted
THE LEGAL CONSEQUENCES ARE TOO GREAT.
While distracted driving may not be illegal, there are legal consequences you may face if you do operate a vehicle while focused on something else. If someone is injured due to your negligence while operating a vehicle, you may face a wide range of penalties – including the risk of being sued.
Here are a few examples of driving distracted.
APPLYING MAKE UP OR SHAVING WHILE DRIVING.
A number of people will take care of some facial grooming behind the wheel. From putting on makeup to shaving, you may feel like you are saving time if you do these tasks while driving. Multitasking behind the wheel is dangerous for you and others on the roadway.
SENDING OR READING TEXT MESSAGES.
Texting takes visual, cognitive, AND manual attention away from driving - all at the same time. The average time the eyes leave the road to read a text message is five seconds. That is about 100 yards if you are traveling 55 miles per hour. A driver is 23 times MORE likely to be involved in an accident if they text while driving.
MESSING WITH A NAVIGATION SYSTEM.
It's best to configure your GPS before starting to drive. Trying to type in an address while moving can be difficult and dangerous. When driving, try to pay attention to what your GPS is telling you ahead of time. This can help to avoid last-minute lane changes when you are busy driving.
CONSUMING FOOD WHILE DRIVING.
When you eat while driving, you are taking your attention away from the roadway. Many times you may look down to search for your food in the bag or look to locate your drink. When you eat in the car, there is a higher chance of dropping food which can lead to further distractions trying to pick it back up. Anytime your eyes leave the road or your attention is drawn away from driving, it can create a dangerous situation on the roadway.
Drive safely and pay attention while out on the roads. Not only are there distracted drivers out there, but before long poor winter weather road conditions will be here. Stay alert and drive cautiously. If you or someone you care about has been injured in an auto accident caused by a negligent or distracted driver, please give us a call today. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at the phone number listed below. We provide consultations and the first one is free. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements.