Distracted driving is one of the biggest threats that motorists face today. It can be just as dangerous as drunk driving and is far more common. Although most people are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, most drivers have likely done it at some point. Fortunately, it is entirely preventable. Here are some ways drivers in Colorado can avoid distracted driving and stay safe.
Never use a cellphone
These days, nearly everyone has a cellphone. These devices are some of the main causes of distracted driving. Never text or use a cellphone while driving. Consider putting the device in the glove box or somewhere out of reach to avoid the temptation to check texts or notifications.
Most people associate distracted driving with cellphone usage, but anything that takes a driver’s attention off the road can be classified as distracted driving. Updating a GPS, changing the radio station or grooming while operating a moving vehicle are all forms of distracted driving. If a task must be completed while on the road, always pull over. When driving, never attempt to do anything other than driving.
Plan ahead and commit
Before hitting the road, it is helpful for drivers to get an idea of what route they are going to take. Set the GPS ahead of time to prevent checking it while en route. When behind the wheel, fully commit to driving and never attempt to multitask.
The aftermath of an accident
Unfortunately, no matter how careful a person is behind the wheel, there will always be other drivers out there who take driving for granted and throw caution to the wind. Anyone in Colorado who has suffered injuries or the loss of loved ones in car accidents caused by negligent drivers has the right to contact a skilled litigator about options for legal recourse. A successfully litigated claim could provide victims and families with much-needed and deserved monetary relief.