Tips for Safer Driving

Distracted driving car accidents lawyers Syracuse NYWhen it comes to distracted driving car accidents, it pays to remember what happened when we took drivers’ education classes in school. We where told by instructions to adjust the radio and get the temperature adjusted before driving. For many of us we are guilty of switching stations or changing the temperature while driving. However, go back to the basics and get it all adjusted before putting the car in drive is still the best advice your instructor could have possible given you when it comes to car accidents being caused by distracted driving.

Of course a lot has changed over the years, and there are a lot more things in our cars to distract us now than just the temperature gauge and the radio. Now, along with the radio in the dashboard, there is probably a GPS system.  If you use a GPS, be sure to program it before you start on your travels, trying to add a destination while driving can be incredibly distracting and dangerous.

Put Your Cell Phone Away

A study done at the University of Utah showed that using a cell phone while driving (regardless of whether it was hands-free or not) delayed the driver’s reactions just as much as a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent. Put your cell phone away and practice not answering or viewing it until you get to your destination, or are able to get to a safe stopping area off the road way.

Eating and Driving? Don’t do it.

Just like using a cell phone can cause distracted driving car accidents, so can eating while driving. Not only do people focused on eating rather than driving, having a spill and trying to clean it up while driving can cause you to take your eyes off the road repeatedly in a short span. This is a very dangerous situation. The number of car accidents caused by a driver trying to clean up a food spill is higher than anyone might think.  Add to that dangerous winter driving conditions, lake effect snow, and snow-covered and icy roadways and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

Take Time to Plan Ahead: Leave Earlier

When it comes to distracted driving car accidents, many of us are guilty of trying to multi-task when driving because we are in a hurry. By leaving a few minutes earlier, you will give yourself more time to program that GPS, make that quick phone call, check your email, text your brother-in-law, or even eat lunch without spilling BBQ sauce on your new outfit.

What If I’m In a Car Accident?

If you are injured in a car accident that is caused by another driver, it is vital that you contact an experienced car accident and personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible. The Syracuse personal injury lawyers and car accident lawyers at McMahon, Kublick & Smith, PC have the knowledge and decades of experience to aggressively help you with your case.  Call us today at (315) 424-1105 to schedule a FREE case evaluation and consultation.