It’s important to keep your eyes and mind focused on the road at all times while driving in South Carolina. This may reduce your chances of colliding with another vehicle, person or object while traveling to your destination. Take a closer look at what you can do to minimize your risk of driving while distracted.
Put the cellphone away
You should never answer a phone call, send a text message or check your social media feeds while your car is in motion. Doing so may result in visual, manual and cognitive distractions that can increase your risk of getting into a motor vehicle accident. You can avoid using your cellphone by putting it in the backseat, in a cabin compartment or in a bag and turning it off until you reach your destination so that you aren’t distracted by notifications.
Drive by yourself
Passengers can be another source of cognitive or visual distractions while driving. This is because you may be tempted to physically look in their direction while talking to them. Furthermore, your brain won’t be able to hold a conversation and pay attention to the road at the same time. Therefore, it may be best to avoid carpooling to work so that you don’t increase your chances of getting into a crash during the morning commute.
If you are involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and other damages. It may be possible to use witness statements, statements made by the other driver, and cellphone records to prove that your crash was caused by another person’s negligence.