Three Ways You Might Be Driving Distracted (And Not Even Know It)

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Do you know how to file a personal injury claim after a car accident? If you don’t, consider yourself lucky. That probably means you’ve never had to endure the long, harsh process of dealing with an auto injury lawyer after suffering an injury in a crash out on the highway. And according to statistics from 2009, nearly 15% of Canada’s entire population suffered some kind of injury that limited which activities they could participate in. That’s a lot of injuries.

But accidents just happen, right? Well sure, that’s why they’re called accidents. The truth is that since the proliferation of cell phones — especially those in the hands of young drivers — the number of accidents certainly hasn’t gone down. Now, estimations show that distracted drivers are three times more likely to get into auto accidents than attentive drivers. While you might have known that (or assumed it), you probably had no idea what really constitutes distracted driving. But we do.

Texting.

If you now anything about distracted driving, it’s that texting is more or less public enemy number-one when it comes to the ad campaigns. And it’s true — a texting driver takes his/her eyes off the road for an average of five seconds while using the phone. If you were traveling at 55 MPH, you could cover the length of a football field blindfolded in that same time. Think about it. Is it really worth fighting off the legal action pushed by auto injury lawyers of the folks you injure (or worse) because of your distractions?

Grooming.

Here’s a fashion and beauty tip for summer 2014: stop putting on your makeup in the car. Or better yet, put it on in the car; just make sure you don’t do it while the vehicle is actually in motion. And in the interest of being gender-inclusive, here’s one for the fellas: leave your shaving and your eyebrow tweezing to your time in the bathroom. (Don’t act like you don’t do it, guys.) The only thing you should be doing while you drive is driving. It really can’t be any clearer than that.

Fuming.

No, not smoking, although that’s certainly a form of distraction. This tip refers to driving while you’re upset or angry, which can sometimes be just as dangerous as driving while you’re intoxicated. Think about it. Your judgment is off, your head is fuzzy and you’re likely not focused on the task at hand. The next time you feel an angry explosion coming on, count to 10 — don’t get behind the wheel. Trust us on this one.

There are lots of different legal cases filed every year. Personal injury lawyers fight for the injured, work injury lawyers fight for the injured on the job an auto injury lawyers fight — well, you see where this is going. To prevent one from getting filed against you, please drive safe. Remember, it’s not just your own life you’re charge of when you’re on the road. Ger more information on this topic here: www.awaxmanlaw.ca

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