You may have seen the signs throughout New Haven and on I-95 and I-91 over the last couple of weeks that indicate, “You Text, You Drive, You Pay.” This annual campaign is meant to encourage folks to put their phones down in order to prevent a New Haven auto accident.
There are well documented risks associated with using your phone to talk or text while driving. These risks can lead to serious and often fatal outcomes for the driver, his/her passengers, or other motorists on the road. It is a risk that should be taken seriously, but it is not the only way a driver can become distracted.
When operating a vehicle there are distractions too many to count and keep you and your passengers safe requires avoiding these distractions at all costs. Some of these distractions that are not related to your phone include:
- Food: Grabbing a coffee or a bite to eat before you hit the road can be tempting, but it can also be very distracting. If you need to get something to eat, save it until you arrive at your destination.
- Infotainment systems: Most new cars come with giant screens that are a hub for all of your “infotainment” in your car. Operating these types of systems while driving has been shown to cause serious distractions for the driver.
- Mirrors: While your rearview mirror and side mirrors are invaluable tools in keeping you safe while driving, additional mirrors added to your vehicle to allow for keeping an eye on the backseat for instance, can provide an undue distraction with dangerous consequences.
Any distraction while driving, whether it be major or minor, can lead to devastating consequences. While it is important to keep your phone stowed and out of view while driving, it is equally important to avoid any other distractions that may cause you issues while behind the wheel.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a New Haven auto accident, you may need an attorney. Contact our office and one of our experienced attorneys will review your case.