Have you ever been distracted while driving?
Let’s face it, many of us have to answer yes to this question. While many drivers may think it is no big deal to take their eyes off the road for a split second, they couldn't be more wrong. The split second that a driver may be distracted can actually be deadly.
It is important to realize the dangers of distracted driving in Wisconsin. In fact, it is so dangerous that it now has its own month. That’s right, April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This is an important period to memorialize because distracted driving is the leading cause for accidents on the roads today.
One of the major distractions for drivers is, of course, the use of cell phones. Using a cell phone while driving is often compared to drinking and driving; it’s that serious and dangerous. Because it is so dangerous, a driver should never use his cell phone while driving.
So what should you do when you receive a text or phone call? Here are three things you can do:
- Earpiece. Instead of picking up the phone and holding it to your ear, one alternative is to use an earpiece. Earpieces are handy. They can either be plugged into the device or operate wirelessly using Bluetooth. However, there is emerging scientific evidence that using an earpiece may be almost as great a distraction as manipulating the phone, so we urge caution.
- Pull over. Most calls or text messages are not so urgent that they cannot wait until you reach your destination. However, if the driver feels the need to reply or answer, the best thing to do is to simply get off the road when it’s safe and return the call.
- Wait. Most of the time our drives are not hours long and the calls we receive can wait. When the destination is reached, the driver can then take a minute to reply or call back. Business travelers on their daily commute can even change their voicemail messages to explain the delay in replying.
If you have encountered a distracted driver as he struck you or your vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation. To discuss your legal options, call our Milwaukee office at 414-223-4800 today.