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Was I a Victim of Distracted Driving in Volusia County? | Palm Coast Accident Attorney

Was I a Victim of Distracted Driving in Volusia County?

In our busy world today, people try to make every minute count. But when drivers use car time for anything else but driving, they are not paying full attention to the road, which can cause harmful and potentially fatal accidents.

Performing non-driving tasks while behind the wheel is called distracted driving and it is a leading cause of accidents in Florida and the nation. In fact, drivers on cell phones or texting while driving can account for 20 percent of all accidents per year.

Common distractions while driving include the following:

  • Loose things. Purses, coins, soda cans, papers, briefcases — anything that can move around and cause commotion can be a distraction while the vehicle is in motion.
  • Children and passengers. All passengers should wear seat belts and all children should be secured in car seats. If passengers are talking loudly, arguing, or otherwise demanding attention, find a place to stop and address the problem before continuing.
  • Radios. While the radio can help ease the monotony of a drive, both music and talk radio can demand too much of a driver’s attention. Keep distractions to a minimum by adjusting the volume no higher than allows you to hear outside noises. By doing so you will remain alert to emergency sirens or truck backups.
  • GPS gadgets. Accidents are often caused by lost drivers. If you are using an electronic GPS device, go through the directions at least once prior to starting your journey, noting any strange instructions, sudden turn-offs or hidden driveways.
  • Drowsiness or fatigue. Any amount of tiredness can be distracting. Make sure you are alert and awake enough to finish your trip safely before you begin.
  • Snacks and drinks. If you must have coffee or soda while driving, make sure cup lids are secure and cup holders are clean. Do not try to eat as you drive unless a passenger can help you — removing both hands from the wheel is much too dangerous.
  • Personal grooming. Yes, it’s true. Some people risk personal safety in order to save time getting ready at home. There are documented cases of drivers causing accidents because they were busy brushing their hair, applying makeup or shaving while driving.

Remember that a driver’s first duty is the road. If someone you love has been injured by a distracted driver in a car accident in Volusia or Flagler County, you could be entitled to compensation. Get advice from a Orange City car accident attorney by contacting Zimmet & Zimmet.



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