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Lower your risk of a distracted driving accident with these 4 tips

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Distracted drivers are among the most dangerous group of drivers on the road in Tennessee. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3,328 people were killed in distracted driving-related accidents across the U.S. in 2012. This is a 9 percent increase from 2011. Distracted driving is the primary killer of teen drivers in the nation. Unfortunately, this high rate of fatalities is something that a Tennessee car accident lawyer sees all too often. However it is possible for people to lower their risk of getting into a distracted driving accident with the following four tips.

  1. Maintain full focus on the road.

Driving is a task that requires one's full attention at all times. Drivers need to pay close attention to all activity on the road, including pedestrians and other motorists. Drivers should also adhere to all traffic rules, use turn signals, and practice driving courtesy as well.

  1. Keep your cellphone out of reach.

Distraction.gov points out that 660,000 drivers are using electronic devices while driving at any time during daylight hours. Drivers should turn all cellphones and electronic devices on silent mode or place them somewhere safe and out of reach to minimize the temptation to use them. Women should put their phones in their bags and put their bags behind the driver's seat.

Any important or urgent conversations should be held until after the driver has pulled over to the side of the road or reached the destination. A Tennessee car accident lawyer knows that even the use of hands-free technology and built-in vehicle wireless communication systems can lead to distraction.

  1. Don't eat or drink while driving.

According to a study by ExxonMobil Corp., at least 70 percent of drivers eat and approximately 83 percent of drivers drink while driving. Eating and drinking are behaviors that make it harder for drivers to focus and respond to the road and the motorists around them. People can increase driver safety by eating outside of the car before or after driving.

  1. Limit the number of passengers and potential distractions in the car.

Each time that drivers take their eyes off the road to turn and check on a fidgeting child or pet is precious time that jeopardizes the safety of themselves, their passengers, and everyone else on the road. Children under the age of 12, and all pets, should be properly restrained in the backseat. People should have entertainment items available to keep children engaged during the commute. Furthermore, people should avoid reaching into the back seat while driving.

Drivers, passengers, and other motorists are highly susceptible to the dangers of distracted driving. Those who have been injured, or have lost loved ones in a car accident should consult with a Tennessee car accident lawyer to learn more about their rights and options.

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