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Distracted Driving Excuses

There are many excuses people use when they’ve gotten into an accident and were distracted. It’s important to keep in mind that none of these excuses are good. Be mindful of your driving and avoid these excuses.

Cell Phones

Whether you’re talking on the phone, texting, trying to read a text or simply messing with your cell phone, this is distracted driving.

Many people use their cell phones for directions as well. This is fine as long as you use the voice controls. Avoid looking away from the road and fiddling with your cell phone for any reason.

Adjusting Dials

Set your radio, heat and other dials all before you engage your car into gear. Many people start messing with them when they’re driving and fail to stop before hitting a car in front of them or fail to recognize another danger in time.

If you need to adjust your controls be sure that you know how to do it without looking to avoid any accidents or other situations where you’re distracted from your driving.

Kids

Kids riding in the car often cause distractions. Teach your kids to be quieter and avoid startling you, the driver. Kids can learn that mom or dad needs to watch the road.

Younger kids can have something to do while in the car or snacks that won’t cause a choking hazard. Practice soft voices in the car and teach kids early on that it’s important that mom or dad keep their eyes on the road.

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Rubber Necking

Many people get so engrossed in looking at something else that is going on around them while driving, that they fail to stop before they become a statistic.

Avoid looking to the sides and “rubber necking” to see what is going on. Slow down when need be (due to another wreck or situation) and avoid rubber necking for everyone’s safety.

Smoking

Many people are smokers and smoke while driving. They may drop their cigarette or lighter and fumble around for it while driving.

This can be very dangerous. The lit cigarette may start a fire or burn the person. A lit match may burn a person or start a fire and a lighter may still be hot and cause a burn.

Pets

Many pets, especially dogs, love to ride in the car. Teach pets to remain in the backseat and don’t allow them to ride on the driver’s lap.

This can avoid a lot of distraction to the driver. Teach pets to sit quietly and avoid jumping around in the car to avoid distraction.

Visiting

Many friends get together to go to lunch, shopping or the like. Don’t get so carried away that you forget to pay attention to the road.

If you can’t visit and drive, either walk to the location, meet them there or have someone else drive. This could save both of your lives.

There are many excuses for distracted driving. They won’t get you out of a ticket and they should be avoided at all costs.

Distracted driving causes accidents, and drivers are liable for compensation. People seeking compensation for injuries by a distracted driver should seek legal assistance from a law firm that specializes in distracted driving. They will be able to ensure you get the compensation you are entitled too.