Colorado drivers are keenly aware of the dangers of texting, cell phone use, and other actions, but statistics about distracted driving accidents reveal that many still engage in risky conduct while behind the wheel. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, distracted driving is linked to around 17 percent of all fatal and injury-causing collisions every year. All US states have enacted laws prohibiting various forms of cell phone use, but some motorists are not deterred by the resulting fines or other sanctions.
As such, when considering how to prevent distracted driving, you are in the best position to protect yourself. While you should discuss your options with a Colorado distracted driving accident attorney if you were involved in a crash, some tips and recommendations may help you avoid one.
Motorists who are texting, talking on the phone, or posting to social media are impaired. They suffer visual, manual, and cognitive deficits, so they are often guilty of certain telltale maneuvers while behind the wheel. Keep an eye out for:
Note that there are other forms of distracted driving that do not involve cell phone use. It can be just as dangerous to eat, drink beverages, groom, adjust the radio or search for directions on your phone, since doing so takes the driver’s attention away from operating the vehicle.
You can do your best to avoid drivers who pose a risk due to distractions, but you also have a legal responsibility to avoid dangerous activities while operating your vehicle. Be mindful of the distractions that may affect you when driving. For instance:
These tips on how to prevent distracted driving may be useful, but accidents are still a threat anytime motorists allow non-driving activities to occupy their attention. For more information on your legal options as the victim of a collision, please contact McCormick & Murphy to set up a free case evaluation at our offices in Colorado Springs, Denver, or Pueblo, CO. We can advise you on next steps after reviewing your circumstances.