Although Florida has been placed on a temporary lockdown due to the COVID-19 virus, there are still vehicles on the road heading to and from essential businesses and/or to visit with family. That means there is still the potential for an accident to occur. Now, because distracted driving serves as one of the top factors in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. and the month of April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, our Fort Walton Beach, FL car accident lawyers are taking the time to discuss the issue and ways you can prevent a distracted driving accident.
Ways to Prevent Distracted Driving Accidents
Although there are numerous steps all drivers in Florida can take to prevent a distracted driving accident, the U.S. Department of Transportation has shared four things you can start doing now that could save your life.
- Either turn off your electronic device while driving, pair it with your vehicle’s Bluetooth system so that it is in hands-free mode, or switch it to “Do Not Disturb” mode before taking off. Remember to also place in an area of your vehicle that makes it difficult to reach so you are less inclined to use it while driving.
- Remember, you are a role model for those who drive with you (i.e. your children, nieces, nephews, siblings, etc.) which means you need to be setting a good example for them. As tempting as it may be to pick up your phone to check a text or email, it isn’t worth the risk and you certainly don’t want those traveling with you to drive distracted simply because they saw you doing it.
- Don’t be afraid to speak up when you are riding as a passenger in a vehicle with a driver who is using their electronic device. Instead of sitting back and allowing them to put your life and theirs at risk, you can offer to make the call or send the text for them so that they can keep their full attention on the road.
- Always wear your seat belt as they have the capability of saving your life!
Were you or a loved one involved in a distracted driving accident in Fort Walton Beach, FL recently?
If want to ensure the distracted driver who hit you is punished for causing the reckless accident as well as recover compensation for your injuries, contact the Browning Law Firm to speak with an experienced Fort Walton Beach, FL car accident attorney. With your finances already being threatened by the COVID-19 virus, now is not the time to forgo legal representation after suffering injuries in an accident.
The Browning Law Firm can be reached at:
418 Racetrack Rd. NE, Ste B
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547