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Distracted driving is currently among the leading causes of car accidents in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 15 people are killed and about 1,200 are injured each day due to distracted driving. In 2009, the CDC reported that more than 5,400 people were killed in road accidents involving distracted drivers.
The high fatality rate caused by distracted driving should alarm all Los Angeles motorists. They must familiarize themselves with the dos and don’ts concerning driving and distractions to effectively avoid such mishaps.
If you are a Los Angeles driver who is likely to use your cell phone, eat, drink, tune the radio, or talk to passengers while driving, you must consider doing these steps:
1. Do all your communications concern before driving – If you have to send a text message or call someone, you must do it before operating your vehicle. In case that you really need to send a text message or place a call while you are on your vehicle, just pull over first and then do what you have to do.
2. Inform your contact that you will drive – If you are communicating with someone before driving, it would be best to inform him or her not to contact you until you are done driving.
3. Ask your passenger to do it for you – You may ask your companion to text or call on your behalf so as not to distract you while you’re driving.
4. Eat before you drive – Eating while driving diverts your attention from your driving tasks, which makes you vulnerable to distraction-related accidents. The best way to avoid this is to eat your meal or snack prior to driving.
Following the said tips does not exempt you from distracted driving-related accidents because there are certain drivers who care less about their safety on the road. In case that you got injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, it is your right to file for personal injury lawsuit. Under the law, you are entitled to personal injury damages to recover from your injuries.
However, claiming for personal injury damages is not easy, which is why you should consult with and hire a Los Angeles auto accident attorney. Your lawyer can assist you in the legal procedures involved in claiming for injury payments. This way, you have better chances of securing your deserved amount of compensations from the person who caused your injuries.