Many states, including California, have tried to curb distracted driving by implementing laws that prohibit drivers from operating their vehicles while holding and operating cell phones and other electronic devices. Despite these distracted driving laws, many drivers still make the choice to drive while distracted. Here are five ways you can protect yourself from distracted drivers.
Keep your eyes open
Remaining alert at all times can help you spot a driver who is looking down at their phone or is behaving erratically by swerving or failing to maintain their speed.
Wear a seatbelt
Wearing a seatbelt gives you the best chance of avoiding injury if you are ever in an accident involving a distracted driver.
While you should protect yourself from distracted drivers, you should also avoid driving distracted. Put your cell phone away, keep conversations with passengers to a minimum, and complete all necessary activities (e.g., applying makeup, checking e-mails, eating, drinking) before getting behind the wheel.
Maintain distance between vehicles
Following too closely causes many motor vehicle accidents, particularly if the other driver suddenly slows down. Follow all traffic regulations and maintain a reasonable distance between your vehicle and other vehicles, particularly if you observe someone driving recklessly.
Follow speed limits
It can be harder to avoid an accident if you are traveling at a high rate of speed. Driving at a reasonably safe speed for conditions and abiding by posted speed limits makes it easier to slow down or stop if necessary.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that distracted driving is responsible for approximately 280,000 injuries each year. If you have been injured in an accident involving a distracted driver, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you file a claim to recover compensation for your medical expenses and other accident-related costs.