When you jump in your car to head home from a busy day at work, have you ever texted your family to know you are on your way home? Or, perhaps you have noticed the driver in the car next to you checking their phone while at a stoplight. For most of us, even the most cautious drivers, witnessing (or participating) in distracted driving can feel like a normal part of driving.

Unfortunately, distracted driving is a serious public health issue. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports more than 3,000 deaths were caused by distracted driving in the course of one year. Here’s what you need to know about distracted driving and how you can play a role in keeping the roadways safer.

What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is operating a vehicle while paying attention to something else. Texting while driving, talking on the phone, checking your email or scrolling through your social media newsfeed while driving (or while stopped at a stoplight) are all examples of distracted driving. While distracted driving has increased thanks to portable technology like smartphones, it has always been around. Distracted driving can also be putting on your makeup while on the way to work or turning around to scold your child in the backseat.

How Can I Stop?
There are legal implications if you are caught talking on your phone or operating your phone while driving. However, this intervention does not always keep drivers from checking their phone while on the move. You can make a positive step in the right direction by committing to eliminating distracted driving from your regular routine.

You can remind yourself about your commitment by keeping your phone in your purse and in the backseat while driving or by disabling app notifications while driving to keep you from being tempted. Your example is especially important if you have kids in the car, as these future drivers will look to you as they learn what is (and is not) acceptable in the vehicle.

Distracted driving can have fatal consequences. Put your cell phone away and teach your kids to do the same.

If you have been involved in a vehicle accident, give the team at MacCloskey Kesler & Associates a call. We will hear your story and develop a plan to get you the compensation you deserve.