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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is distracted driving awareness month. Distracted driving can be defined as the practice of operating a motor vehicle while engaged in another activity. Recently, these other activities are typically talking or texting on a cell phone. Driving while distracted is extremely dangerous. Not only is your life at risk when driving while distracted, but the lives of every driver and pedestrian around you are at risk. On average, 8 people are killed every day in the US due to distracted driving.

Some ways to prevent distracted driving from occurring as frequently as it does currently include:

  • Placing your phone out of sight. Placing your phone in a bag, center console or the backseat are all viable options to keep your phone out of your sight. When your phone is in a cupholder, on the seat next to you, or in your lap you are much more likely to reach for it, especially when the screen lights up because a message came through.
  • Pair your phone with Bluetooth. If your car has this feature, pairing your phone to Bluetooth allows for calls and messages to come over the car’s speaker, meaning you will not need to take your hands off the wheel to listen and respond to messages. If you are able, pair your phone to Bluetooth before beginning your trip.
  • Pulling over to answer calls and messages. If your car does not allow for Bluetooth and you need to send a text message or make a phone call, pulling over to the nearest convenience store or gas station is a great way to remain safe. If there are no gas stations or convenience stores nearby, pulling over to the side of the road and turning the hazard lights on in the vehicle is another viable option.

If you or someone you know has recently been injured at the fault of a distracted driver, you should seek medical attention immediately. Tending to all your injuries is imperative to healing properly and quickly. After seeking medical attention, your next step should be to speak with an attorney to see what your options are. The lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C. are practiced in representing plaintiffs in distracted driving cases and will fight to get you the damages you deserve. Hiring an attorney at Spiros Law, P.C. means constant communication, dedication, and support from someone who truly has your best interests at heart. Call (815) 929-9292 or visit one of our three offices located in Champaign, Danville, and Kankakee to schedule your free consultation today.