When driving, it is best to not only drive with your safety in mind, but also the safety of others. Millions of lives have been changed due to vehicle crashes. Distracted driving, reckless driving, and driving under the influence are a few of the leading causes of crashes. However, there are many ways to avoid car accidents and keep you and other passengers safe and sound.

How Serious Is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is the most frequent cause of car crashes in America. Distractions are not hard to find, especially when there are smartphones, radios, navigation systems, and more. Many drivers also get distracted by talking to other passengers in their vehicle. These visual, auditory, manual and cognitive distractions can easily lead to a life-changing accident if the driver is not careful. To avoid accidents and protect yourself and others, the main thing you must do is refrain from engaging in any other activities while behind the wheel.

Consequences of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving can lead to the death of a pedestrian or a loved one. Unfortunately, there are not any national laws about distracted driving; however, there are state laws. Many states and U.S. territories have incorporated many distracted driving laws such as banning all drivers from hand-held phone use while driving.

What’s Reckless Driving?

Reckless driving has resulted in a large number of car accidents. Reckless driving can include going over the speed limit, impulsive lane changing, failing to signal, and disregarding traffic lights and signs. Reckless driving is also viewed as a misdemeanor, so if you are arrested, your charges may appear on your criminal record. Always think before you act and refrain from impulsiveness while driving to keep you and others out of harm’s way.

Plan Ahead and Avoid DUIs

Another leading cause of car crashes is driving while under the influence. Alcohol and other drugs can affect and alter your mind. Driving while intoxicated can put you at risk for causing an accident or possibly death. Safe driving occurs when you are sober and fully concentrated on the road. If you or someone you know is planning to drink, assign someone the role of designated driver. There are also options such as ubers or lyft if a designated driver is unavailable. Driving under the influence is easily preventable if you prioritize making the right decisions.

The Detrimental Effects of Car Accidents

There have been millions of fatalities across the nation from car accidents. Some victims are fortunate enough to have a full recovery,but others are forced to deal with lifelong injuries such as spinal cord damage and lost limbs. Car accidents can also lead to mental health issues such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, bad sleeping habits, and eating disorders. Those who’ve recovered might have recovered physically, but some never recover mentally. It is important that all drives remain aware of the impact their actions can have on themselves and others. By implementing safe driving practices, drives can ensure that both them and others on the road make it to their destination.

Author's Bio: 

Attorney David Gordon is the founding attorney at The Law Office of David E. Gordon, a personal injury law firm based in Memphis, Tennessee that serves clients with car accident claims, premises liability, and a range of other personal injury cases. David is one of fewer than 2 percent of Tennessee lawyers that are Board Certified by the Tennessee Supreme Court, and has been named a Super Lawyer from 2011 through 2020. David prides himself on his honesty and friendly demeanor with his clients. David knows how important it is for his clients to not only trust him, but also feel as if they have a friend that’s fighting for their best interests. To learn more about Attorney David Gordon, please visit his website.