Distracted driving continues to rise throughout the United States as more drivers turn to their phones while behind the wheel. In 2016, approximately 3,450 people were killed—and 391,000 were injured—in motor vehicle accidents related to distracted driving.
To put distracted driving in perspective, 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.
While other factors certainly contribute, cell phone use behind the wheel remains one of the most common causes of accidents linked to distracted driving. A reported 481,000 drivers use their cell phones while driving during daylight hours—creating an enormous potential for fatal accidents.
In 2015, Oklahoma passed a law banning drivers from using any electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. If caught using electronic devices behind the wheel, drivers face a $100 fine.
Accidents caused by distracted driving are preventable. The following tips can help ensure you make it to your destination safely:
- Never Use Your Phone While Driving: Only use your cell phone behind the wheel in an emergency. If possible, always pull off the road to make a call or send a text. Even hands-free devices can be distracting and dangerous.
- Avoid Multitasking: Keep your focus on the road. Avoid changing your music, updating your GPS, calling friends, or eating. Make sure you are settled before starting your drive.
- Don’t Drive Drowsy: If you feel tired while driving, get off the road as soon as possible. Get the rest your body requires. Never rush. Never try to push yourself to your destination.
- Limit Your Number of Passengers: Multiple passengers can cause multiple distractions—creating a dangerous driving environment. Limit your number of passengers—or even drive solo if possible.
In the event of a motor vehicle accident caused by distracted driving, the right attorney will investigate every detail and fight hard to ensure that your rights are protected.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, call Graves McLain right away at 918-359-6600. When you call one of our experienced Tulsa, Oklahoma Car Accident attorneys, we will speak with you for FREE and determine the best course of action.
We review every detail of your situation at no cost to you and fight hard to protect your rights. Trust our team, we are here to help. At Graves McLain, you will never pay an attorney’s fee upfront, and you owe us nothing until we win your case. At Graves McLain, we don’t get paid until you do.
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