Distracted driving is a hazard to anyone on the road, to the point that most states now have rules against driving while on the phone or when using electronic devices. These aren’t the only kinds of distractions there are, though, and many driving distractions are still going to happen when you’re behind the wheel.
Some of the most common kinds of distractions include talking or arguing with passengers, eating and drinking, pets, changing the radio station, daydreaming and objects moving around inside the vehicle. Any of these could cause a distraction that leads to a serious collision.
How can you avoid a crash due to distractions?
If you want to avoid a collision that is caused by being distracted, then you need to work on staying focused. That may mean talking to passengers about keeping down their volume or strapping your pet into a safety seat. It could mean staying on a radio station you don’t enjoy until you’re stopped and can change the station safely.
It’s an active decision to stay focused on the road, but you can do it. If you find that you’re dozing off, daydreaming due to boredom, need to take a call or have other issues to address, then you should pull over to the side of the road or look for a parking spot. That way, you won’t be putting yourself or others in danger due to not paying attention.
What do you do if you’re hit by a distracted driver?
If you get hit because someone wasn’t paying attention, then you should consider making a claim against them. Before that, it’s important to exchange information with them. Get their personal information, such as their name, address, phone number and license plate number. Ask for their insurance card, too.
Call 911 to have an emergency team come to the scene so that you can get help if you or someone else has been injured. Then, make a police report and be sure to mention what the other person was doing, whether that was looking away from the road or using a cell phone. If you’re hurt, the police report can wait until after you get care at the hospital or from the EMTs.