By now, everyone in Rome knows that distracted driving is dangerous. Cellphones and other handheld devices have caused distracted driving crashes to skyrocket nationwide over the past 20 years or so. Studies have proven that the human brain needs to focus completely on driving to operate a motor vehicle safely. Even a few moments of split focus behind the wheel can cause devastating injuries to innocent people.

Reducing distracted driving temptations

Those of us who take safe driving seriously can resist the temptation to type on our phones, eat or otherwise distract ourselves. For those who cannot, here are some tips for avoiding distracted driving.

  • Store your phone and other objects in your glove compartment or other container, so you can’t be tempted to pick them up
  • Adjust your seat and mirrors before starting to drive. Also plan out your destination before you get on the road.
  • Avoid eating while driving if at all possible. If it isn’t, at least choose foods that are easy to handle with one hand.
  • If you are driving with young children or pets, make sure they are secure before taking off. If a child or animal needs your attention, pull over before attending to them.

We hope that Georgia’s distracted drivers are starting to get the message about how irresponsible and dangerous their behavior is. But every year, hundreds of people in the state continue to be hit by distracted drivers and suffer serious injuries as a result. In the worst cases, people are killed. More often, distracted drivers cause their victims chronic pain, limited mobility, traumatic brain injuries and other long-term disabilities.

Compensation is possible

Fortunately for people dealing with the effects of a distracted driver, they have the right to pursue compensation from the driver and their insurance company. The process is complicated, but a skilled personal injury lawyer can help you obtain a satisfying conclusion to a difficult period in your life.