When you're driving there are many things vying for your attention. You need to focus on the cars around you and any traffic signals and signs. You also need to be aware of road conditions and any hazards that may be in your way. Having your full attention on the road ahead and the vehicles around you helps to avoid a car accident. That's why it's important to avoid unnecessary distractions while you drive to keep you, your passengers, and others on the road safe.
With mobile phones becoming more advanced and adding new features each day, it's easy to be distracted by calls, texts, emails, and apps. When driving, it's imperative that as a driver you refrain from using your phone, as an accident can happen in just a few seconds if you're not paying attention. This is especially important for new teenage drivers, who's inexperience on the roads lends to a higher probability of accidents.
Helpful tips for drivers of all ages to avoid distracted driving include:
- Leave your phone alone
- Pull over if you need to make or receive a call
- Turn off your phone to avoid distraction
- Assign a designated texter or caller while you drive
- Use hands-free devices like Bluetooth
Not only is using a mobile phone or any handheld electronic device a distraction, it is also illegal. Since 2010, the use of personal electronic devices while driving has been banned in B.C. On average 78 people die each year due to some form of distracted driving, which is 25 percent of all car accidents fatalities in B.C.
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident due to another's distracted driving, contact the law firm of Stephens & Holman before you meet with an ICBC adjuster by calling us at 604-730-4120 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We proudly serve greater Vancouver and all of British Columbia.