Distracted driving is an epidemic in New York as in many other states, and everyone is susceptible to it. Though the use of smartphones and navigation systems has been rising, this is far from the only possible distraction. Anything that takes one’s attention from the road is a distraction.
First, drivers are advised to put their phones on Do Not Disturb mode and refrain from talking on hands-free devices as well. If they must make a call, they can do so after pulling over safely. Next, drivers should be aware that the more passengers there are, the more likely they will be distracted by conversations. Drivers could limit how many passengers they take.
Experts also recommend a no-eating policy for everyone in the car. This will prevent food spills and arguments between children over the food they have. Drivers should try to eat their breakfast at home rather than during their morning commute.
One other top distraction for drivers is fatigue. Drivers who sleep little, have a sleep disorder or consume alcohol before heading out will become drowsy and, thus, inattentive. In extreme cases, they may have memory lapses and drift out of their lane. On long trips, drivers may take short naps and drink coffee to stay awake.
Those who are injured by a distracted driver in a motor vehicle crash may wonder if they have grounds for a claim. If they do, they may be reimbursed for their medical expenses, vehicle damage, lost wages and other economic and non-economic damages. A lot may depend on having legal representation. Auto insurance companies might be aggressive in denying claims, but a lawyer may persevere in negotiations. As a last resort, the lawyer may prepare the case for a trial.