Hit by a Distracted Driver in Tampa Bay?
Did you know you can travel 50 feet with your eyes closed if you sneeze while driving at 60 mph? Sneezing is quick; your eyes close for only a moment, a normal occurrence which you cannot prevent. Now imagine how far you can travel while scrolling through your play list to find your favorite song. How many seconds were your eyes not on the road? I bet it would be longer than a sneeze. In those valuable seconds many things could go terribly wrong. It’s enough time for a ball to roll into the road and a child to give chase. It’s enough time for someone crossing the road to drop a bag they were carrying, stop and pick it up. If you are looking down, you may not see these actions in time to prevent a tragedy.
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving. Basically, anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. Distracted driving is a serious and growing threat to road safety. With technology advancements and more people owning cell phones this problem is likely going to continue to escalate in the coming years.
While you can do nothing to prevent a sneeze, you can take precautions to prevent other distractions while you are driving. Put your phone down – better yet keep it in the glove box or your purse, don’t eat while driving, apply your makeup before leaving the house, learn your route before you leave, limit the number of passengers in your car, hand kids snacks/drinks before starting the car, and pull over if you become drowsy.
These are all simple and easy habits you can make to keep yourself from becoming a distracted driver and keeping others on the road safe.
If you or a loved one have been injured by a distracted driver, call Personal Injury Attorney Chelsie M. Lamie at 727-501-3464 for a free consultation. You can also learn more about Attorney Lamie by visiting www.chelsielamie.com.