Cell phones, teens, and driving can be a deadly mix. Virginia law recognizes this fact by banning anyone under 18 from using cell phones while driving. All drivers are banned from texting and will be ticketed and fined. However, any distraction can cause an accident.
Pay Attention While Driving
Accident Lawyers are all too familiar with the consequences of distracted driving, which is the leading cause of auto accidents. Cell phones are only one of the many possible distractions that can interfere with a driver’s ability to drive safely. The fact is that people really don’t multitask well while driving. A number of studies have revealed that people can only process so much information at a time. Driving must be the priority, not eating, drinking, chatting, or changing the channel.
A professional driver focuses on the road, other drivers and possible dangers in the vicinity. Young drivers have the disadvantage of inexperience and a sense of invulnerability, causing them to have the highest rate of fatal crashes. Parents should ensure that teens learn defensive driving skills, which covers much more than just how to drive. It’s too late after the accident to see that they receive this training.
Don’t Give Other Drivers the Benefit of the Doubt
Aggressive drivers are responsible for about one out of every three crashes. If it appears that a driver is going to cut in front just to get off at the exit ahead, back off and let it happen. Be prepared for the driver in front to be distracted and not aware of the traffic stoppage ahead. Leave extra room so that when that driver slams on the brakes, you won’t hit the back of their car. If a nearby car is full of kids, with everyone talking and laughing, including the driver, give that car plenty of room because it’s a safe bet the driver is paying more attention to his or her friends than to possible road hazards. It’s impossible to change the behavior of other drivers. The best that can be done is to be aware and prepared.
If another driver is responsible for an accident, causing serious injuries or the death of a loved one, talk to the Accident Lawyers at the W. Ware Morrison Law Group. For over 40 years, they have been focused on getting accident victims the compensation that they deserve. Call today to learn how they can help you.
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