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Preventing distracted driving could save lives

Over the recent long holiday weekend it is likely that many took to their vehicles to travel both long and short distances to spend time with friends and family. With so many vehicles on the road at once it is seemingly inevitable that some cars will end up involved in a collision with others. Whenever anyone is involved in a car accident that results in injury or death, legal action may be a possibility.  It may be possible to secure compensation for the injuries or death that occurs by working with a personal injury lawyer. 

To try to reduce the risk of a crash occurring—whether it be over the course of a long weekend or not—there are multiple steps that can be taken.

The first is to be sure to take breaks as needed throughout the course of the trip. Taking the time to stop for food or just to get out and stretch your legs can help to keep a driver alert. Next, planning the route you will take ahead of time can help you to avoid having to consult a paper map or phone app, both of which can be distracting. Speaking of one’s phone, the last suggestion is to place you phone in airplane-mode while driving so that you cannot be distracted by it.

Distracted driving continues to be an issue for drivers throughout the nation, including teens. According to a recent study involving Ontario students admitted that they were distracted by the following while driving:

  • Changing music
  • Checking emails or texts
  • Sending messages
  • Eating

The elimination of these types of activities by drivers of all ages could help to reduce the number of car accidents that occur. Accordingly, it is something that all who get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle to drive should consider. It could save someone's life.

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