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Distracted drivers: Is there one in your midst?

How many times a day do you drive somewhere? If you're similar to the average Tennessee motorist, you may have to get behind the wheel two, three or more times in a single day. Every time you drive, there's a certain amount of risk involved, although you likely expect to arrive safely to your destination if you are cautious and alert at all times, as well as adherent to all traffic regulations.

The problem is you can control your own choices and actions but not those of other drivers nearby. Distracted drivers are major menaces on the roads today. It's a fast-paced, tech-savvy world, and many people multitask and stay "plugged in" wherever they go. Driving is definitely not the time to browse the internet, take a selfie or text a friend. While distractions involving electronic devices often lead to collisions, there are many other distracted behaviors that are equally dangerous.

How to spot a distracted driver 

If another vehicle collides with yours and you suffer injury, you may face many challenges in recovery, including financial problems. It's just as important to know how to recognize distracted drivers as it is to know where to seek support if a problem arises. The following information may be useful: 

  • Many states have banned cell phone use while driving because using these devices while driving causes many fatal accidents. 
  • All but four states have banned texting while driving.
  • If you eat or drink while driving, you are at great risk for collision. You may be running behind schedule and see nothing wrong with grabbing a burger on the go; however, this type of behavior is one of the most common forms of distraction that cause accidents. 
  • Do you love to listen to your favorite songs on the radio or iPod while traveling? Unfortunately, adjusting knobs or scrolling through playlists can land you in the hospital if you're taking your eyes off the road. 
  • It is best to groom yourself at another time and place other than your car when you're the one behind the wheel. 
  • There are many benefits to getting enough sleep at night. One of them is that you may be less likely to fall asleep while driving, which is another frequent cause of serious motor vehicle collisions. 

If a driver fails to stop at a red light and later claims to have not seen the light turn because he or she was looking down at a phone, GPS device or some other item at the time, you may be the one to suffer the consequences of such negligence. It doesn't take a whole lot of impact to cause serious injuries that may leave you temporarily or permanently disabled.  

Seeking support 

Hopefully, you'd obtain quick and thorough medical attention following an accident. Beyond that, you may need physical therapy, surgery or assisted living care for an extended time or for the rest of your life. Such situations often have legal implications as well. Many Tennessee accident victims request experienced counsel to help determine the best course of action to seek full recovery for their losses. 

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