Avoid Distraction To Avoid Accidents While On Florida Roads
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the National Safety Council, Florida is the second-worst state in the United States when it comes to distracted driving accidents. During the year 2020, when tourism numbers were down and fewer people were out on the road, the state still racked up a whopping 48,000 distracted driving accidents ranging all over the state – including in regions of Southwest Florida. Distracted driving is an avoidable cause of accidents, and many may practice distracted driving every day without even realizing it.
Avoiding distracted driving means breaking down the distractions commonly experienced on the road. Some of the top distractions seen on Florida roadways leading to auto accident situations are:
• Mobile phone use – Mobile phone use is the single biggest distracted driving problem not only in Florida but across the United States. Across the United States, using a mobile phone while driving is the cause of over 1.6 million accidents each year on average. Texting and driving is often the most deadly, but talking on the phone while driving is dangerous as well. Even using hands-free technology like Bluetooth speakers or devices can be highly distracting even if many drivers consider these to be “better” alternatives. Avoiding using your mobile phone for any reason while on the road whenever possible is always the safest decision. When it is safe to do so, one can always pull over to call back as a safer alternative.
• Eating and drinking – Taking breakfast to go might save you a few minutes off of your work commute, but it can cost you in the long-run. Eating and drinking are common distractions that many drivers think is harmless until the worst occurs. While you’re having a meal behind the wheel, you’re not just less likely to pay close attention to the road as you’re driving, you’re less likely to catch hazards from other drivers on the road making accidents less avoidable.
• Other passengers – There is nothing wrong with taking along passengers or carpooling, but it’s important to remember that your main focus should always remain on the road and your surroundings. Paying more attention to your passengers can cause you to miss traffic signs, hazards in the roadway, or other drivers on the road who may be negligent.
• Adjusting controls – Adjusting audio and climate controls while on the road is another distraction that many don’t consider. Adjusting the radio or climate control doesn’t have to be a distraction, and one can always wait until they’re stopped at a traffic light or stop sign or parked in a pull-over area before taking their attention to their vehicle’s controls.
• Unsecured objects – When you take a hard left turn, what do you hear in your vehicle? If it’s your belongings sliding around, this could become a dangerous distraction. Before getting on the road, make sure your belongings are safe and secured to avoid trying to clean them up as you’re moving.
• Drowsiness – Drowsy or tired driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. You’re more likely to become distracted by your own fatigue, your reflexes are slower, and you may not be able to pay the close attention you should be paying to your surroundings.
Keeping Safe And Alert
Keeping safe and alert while on the road should be a priority for all Sarasota area drivers, but the unfortunate reality is that this isn’t always the case. If you’ve been in an accident with a distracted driver, contact us at JusticePays.com to get the representation you need today.