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Top Driving Distractions You Must Avoid to Stay Safe on the Road

Top Driving Distractions You Must Avoid to Stay Safe on the RoadDriving may be one of the most dangerous activities that a human being can do on a daily basis. Human beings are creatures with slow reaction times and short attention spans, which isn’t inherently bad. It becomes incredibly dangerous when we implement our bad reaction times with slow attention spans and control two-ton machines that travel upwards of 60 miles per hour – and that’s without the everyday distractions all drivers face on their daily commute.

Why Distracted Driving Is So Dangerous

The second Law of motion states that force is equal to mass times acceleration (f = ma). To put that into English, it means that the heavier and faster you’re going, the harder it is to come to a full stop. The average American car weighs more than 4,000 pounds. That’s a lot of mass. With so much mass, it means that the force required for your brakes to bring you to a full stop will depend entirely on your speed. When you travel at only five-miles-per-hour, the force is small and your brakes will stop your car within a few feet. Increase that velocity to 60-miles-per-hour, and the force required is much greater, and thus, you travel a greater distance until you come to a complete stop. There is another thing about f = ma. The faster and heavier you are, the harder the impact will be upon collision. Increasing damage and the risk of bodily injury. For these reasons, it is imperative that you reduce the amount of distractions when you drive so that you can keep yourself and your passengers safe on the road. Unfortunately, not all drivers are aware of this fact and actively participate in dangerous driving practices. When this happens, car accidents are more likely to occur. If you are the victim of a car accident, our LA law firm can help bring you the proper compensation for your damages.

Distractions to Avoid While You Drive

  1. Texting and Driving
Texting and driving is the single-most dangerous thing you can do while you’re behind the wheel of your vehicle. Texting is dangerous for three reasons, and all reasons are integral to a safe drive. First it forces you to take your eyes off the road, the place your eyes have to be in order to assure you do not crash into anything. Next, it forces you to take at least one hand off the wheel; you need both hands on the wheel at all times to react. Lastly, it divides your attention while you drive. To reduce the number of deaths and accidents, California law makers have made it illegal to text and drive. Unfortunately, far too many people continue their messaging. To best avoid an accident caused by texting, it is best to keep your phone in your pocket while you drive.
  1. Adjusting the Radio
Like texting, finding the right radio station while you drive takes your eyes and attention from the road. As you tune the radio to find the perfect station to which you can sing along, you may react to possible on the road too late, and cause an accident. To best avoid an accident due to tuning the radio, find your station before you start your drive.
  1. Distractions on the Road
There is nothing more frustrating than sitting in traffic all because of rubber-neckers – people who slow down or stop to take a look at something off to the road. The most common distraction on the road is an accident. It’s human nature to be drawn to the unordinary because of our short attention spans. Our heads may turn while we drive to take a look at something we see on the road and forget that we are rapidly moving inside of a two-ton metal box. When our attention is divided from the road, we are much more likely to crash. It is of the utmost importance to remember to keep your eyes on the road because it can only take a second for something to stop, or pop-up and for you to crash into it.
  1. Loud Passengers
The people with whom we drive can often lead us to crash. Most crashes are caused by people diverting their attention from the road to their passengers – either their kids, or friends and family. When you drive with other people, the only way you can arrive at your destination safely is by keeping your attention on the road.

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If you must attend to your passengers, like if your child spilled his water and is crying, we recommend pulling over in a safe area to take care of the mess.

The Employee Justice Legal Team

When you get into a car accident, it can be more than your car that suffers damage. The impact of the crash can cause bodily injury that ranges from headaches and whiplash, to broken bones and paralysis. The Employee Justice Legal Team is here to ensure that you get the necessary compensation to cover medical costs, as well as lost wages, and any psychological trauma. Our law firm is here to ensure that justice gets served and that you receive the proper compensation for the damages you received as a result of the car accident in which you were involved. Our law firm offers free legal consultation to all of our clients. What free legal consultation offers you is the chance to sit down with one of our attorneys and explain the details of your case. Our attorneys are happy to answer any questions that you may have so that when it comes to matter of your legal representation, you can make an informed decision. Additionally, we offer the zero-fee guarantee. This means that we will only charge you if we are able to prove your case and get you the compensation you deserve for the injuries and damages you received as a result of your crash. If we are unable to prove it, then we will not charge you. This is to show you that, unlike many law firms, we are here for justice. Contact us today to see what we can do for you.

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