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Phillips & Mille Co., L.P.A. | Attorneys And Counselors At Law

Call Our Firm Today At: 440-243-2800

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Distracted driving: the hazard that will not go away

As technology advances, we would like to think that so do the safety features inside our vehicles. However, the opposite is true.

Nowadays, we have gadgets and gizmos surrounding us that make our lives easier. However, many of these devices take our attention off the road.

Car accidents are no joke—they can range from serious bumps to fatal events, changing the lives of drivers, passengers, pedestrians and communities at large.

What do we do?

While we cannot control the technology manufactured in our vehicles, we can control our behavior.

Controlling our behavior can seem challenging, but it is possible and powerful because it has the potential to prevent harm and save lives.

How do we do it?

First, by recognizing that no matter what type of technology is trying to grab our attention, certain things remain the same.

If we take our eyes off the road and our minds off driving, we are putting our lives and the lives of others at risk.

Thus, we can keep in mind that, despite these technological advances, being conscious of our actions can keep these distractions from harming us. For example:

  • Avoid using smartphones or cellphones. No matter how you put it, texting, calling, browsing the web or taking photos to post on social media is taking a risk that could end someone’s life.
  • Being conscious that just because a vehicle comes equipped with touch screens and complex menus for music, podcasts and more does not mean we have to make use of them, at least not while we are driving.
  • Understanding that navigation systems have a place, just not when we are on the move. Make sure you get directions before you get on the road and forget about the GPS when you’re driving. Voice commands can be helpful, but they can also take our attention off the road.
  • Use technology to make your life safer. Cellphones come equipped with features that allow us to silence buzzes and rings. Use these features to avoid situations where you have to choose between grabbing your phone or keeping your eyes on the road.

The dangers of distracted driving

Now, let’s talk about why distracted driving is so dangerous. First, we should note that distracted driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, because:

  • It delays your reaction time
  • It compromises your judgment
  • You can easily lose control of your vehicle

Distracted driving is like trying to juggle four or five balls while riding a bike. No one in their right mind would do that on the road, so why do we do this when we drive?

We do not realize how dangerous it is. However, now you know. Knowledge is essential to making us safer and understanding that we must make our own driving decisions and not allow our vehicles to decide for us can mean the difference between life and death.