Every day throughout the United States, thousands of lives are lost due to distracted driving. Whether someone is adjusting the radio, sending a text, or putting directions into their GPS; taking your eyes off the road for even just one second can cause a serious accident.
Attorney Dick Freeburn recently joined Amy Kehm on ABC 27’s Good Day PA to discuss tips to avoid distracted driving in honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month. If you missed the segment, you may view it here:
To put in perspective how dangerous distracted driving is, consider that taking your eyes off the road for a mere five seconds at 55 MPH is equivalent to driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.
Every year, hundreds-of-thousands of people are injured in car accidents due to distracted drivers. Remember that distracted driving accidents are preventable. Simply being attentive behind the wheel could potentially save thousands of lives. Here are tips to keep in mind to help ensure a safe drive for you and others:
- Never Use Your Phone While Driving: In the event that a text message or phone call is urgent, do your best to safely pull over before using your phone.
- Avoid Multitasking: Behind the wheel, your sole focus should be on driving. You should adjust your radio, eat, call friends, or update your GPS before or after your vehicle is in motion.
- Don’t Drive Drowsy: It is important to be alert and attentive while driving. If you feel tired while driving, get off the road as soon as possible. Get the rest your body requires.
- Limit Your Number of Passengers: Drivers can easily become distracted by other people in the vehicle. Travel alone if possible.
While a variety of factors may contribute, cell phone use behind the wheel remains one of the most common causes of accidents linked to distracted driving.
Pennsylvania’s texting-while-driving ban prohibits any driver from using wireless phone, personal digital assistant, smartphone, portable or mobile computer or similar devices to send, read or write a text-based communication while his or her vehicle is in motion. If you violate this policy and are caught, penalties include a $50 fine, plus court costs and other fees.
Driving distracted is not worth the loss of your life or the life of another. Make the right call and do not drive distracted.
In the event of a motor vehicle accident caused by a distracted driver, the right attorney will investigate every detail of the accident and fight hard to ensure that your rights are protected.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident involving a distracted driver, call the experienced Pennsylvania car accident attorneys at Freeburn Hamilton for help at 717-777-7777.
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