Tips to Prevent Distracted Driving Accidents

Young woman looking at cell phone while driving a car at night in the city.

Distracted driving presents a significant threat to all road users. The negligent behavior contributes to over 3,000 fatalities annually in the U.S. Meanwhile, distracted driving contributed to 53 fatalities, amounting to 3 percent of all traffic deaths in Nevada (2017-2021).

Despite the clear dangers and Nevada's strict laws prohibiting cell phone or electronic device use while driving — even when stopped at a red light — many drivers continue to engage in distracting behaviors. A recent AAA survey revealed that almost two-thirds of drivers admitted to talking on the phone while driving within the past month, while about one-third confessed to texting behind the wheel.

What is distracted driving?

Distraction occurs when a driver's attention shifts from the road to various activities such as texting, eating, adjusting music, or using GPS navigation. Under Nevada law, drivers are permitted to use hands-free headsets or Bluetooth for calls while driving.

However, engaging in conversations or texting, even through Bluetooth or hands-free methods, can significantly delay reaction times, similar to driving under the influence. Research from Carnegie Mellon University indicates that cell phone use while driving reduces the brain's activity for driving by 37 percent.

Tips to avoid distracted driving

Distracted driving is typically a conscious decision. This implies that prioritizing safety can prevent thousands of fatalities annually. However, collective action is necessary. To mitigate the risk of distracted driving accidents, consider implementing these tips recommended by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and Vision Zero Nevada.

  • Before driving, secure your cell phone in a place such as the glove box where you will not be able or tempted to access it while driving.
  • Make any necessary phone calls before or after driving. If you must make a call while driving, pull over to a safe area, such as a parking lot, before making or receiving a call or texting. Note: Do not park directly off the side of the road to make a call. This is not safe due to the proximity to moving traffic.
  • Seek out and install an application that blocks phone calls and texting while driving.
  • Do not call someone who you know is driving at the time.
  • Remain focused on the road. Do not eat, apply makeup, reach across the vehicle for items, or conduct any other distracting activities while driving.
  • Ask a passenger to assist you with activities that may be distracting while you are driving, such as reading directions.
  • Pull off the road and use your handheld device to report a medical emergency, a safety hazard, or criminal activity.
  • Set a good example by not multi-tasking when driving, including using your cell phone, applying makeup, or programming a GPS.
  • If you're the parent of a young driver, have your child sign a pledge not to use their cell phone while driving – and hold them accountable.

Don't take on a distracted driving claim alone

Distracted driving accidents often do not leave much evidence behind to indicate inattention was a crash factor. That's why victims of negligent, unfocused drivers need to have an experienced car accident attorney on their side to conduct a thorough investigation. Lawyers can employ advanced methods for evidence discovery and can further help distracted driving victims and their families by:

  • Offering compassionate support.
  • Providing knowledgeable guidance regarding legal standards for effective case building.
  • Tailoring innovative legal strategies.
  • Utilizing their network of specialists for evidence gathering.
  • Advocating for fair compensation with insurance companies.
  • Presenting compelling arguments if trial becomes necessary.

Contact Lasso Injury Law LLC

If you were injured in a distracted driving accident, contact Lasso Injury Law LLC in Las Vegas for a free consultation. A member of our team can explain your options and answer questions.

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