Distracted driving can be dangerous whether you’re on a residential street or driving on a Tennessee highway. Fortunately, there are many steps that you can take to minimize the chances that you’ll take your focus off of the road.
Passengers can create both visual and cognitive distractions that can impact your ability to drive safely, no matter how old you are or how much experience you have behind the wheel. While you may face some backlash for your decision to drive alone, getting to your destination safely is more important than making life easier for other people.
Ideally, you will set your GPS, change the radio station and adjust your car’s mirrors before you start driving. Doing so can help you focus more on the road and less on anything that could potentially distract you while your car is in motion. Unless you are using it as a GPS, there is no reason why your phone needs to be out while you are driving. It can be a good idea to put your phone or other electronic devices in the backseat or in the glove compartment where you won’t be able to see or reach it. It may also be a good idea to install apps that limit how a smartphone can be used while a car is in motion.
Those who are involved in motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers might be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Compensation may help pay for current and future medical bills as well as the cost to repair or replace items damaged in the crash. An attorney may help a person negotiate a settlement or obtain a favorable jury award.