3 Distractions Responsible for Disastrous Auto Accidents

Driving can be a dangerous business. Here are the three biggest things to avoid doing if you want to remain safe behind the wheel. 

(1) Texting

This has become a big issue for drivers, and making it illegal actually seems to have made the problem worse, since people now hide their phones in their laps instead of holding them in front of them. The solution? Don’t do it! No message is worth getting in an accident over. If you absolutely must check a message, pull over first, for your own safety as well as the safety of other drivers.

man texting while driving

photo by mrJasonWeaver

(2) Talking on the phone

It’s easy to get so involved in your conversation that you’re not paying as much attention to the road as you should, especially if the conversation is an exciting or emotional one. Using a bluetooth or headset helps somewhat, and it’s actually the law in Nevada that you have to use one when talking on the phone in your car; but you still need to be sure you’re not focusing all your attention on the conversation.

nighttime view of car interior

photo by kaysha

(3) Using a navigation system

You’d think this would make driving easier and safer, but they can be a huge distraction. Looking at your GPS instead of at the road sets you up for an accident just as much as looking at your phone does. To use a GPS safely, program it before you start driving. Leave the sound on so you don’t have to look at it as much, and if you need to change your route or do anything else that takes your attention off the road, pull over!

gps mounted to a car dashboard

photo by alex.lines

While you may be aware that these things are dangerous, unfortunately not everyone else is. If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver and need an injury attorney in Las Vegas, contact Simon Law Group today at (702) 364-1650 for a free consultation!