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Tips to Prevent A Fatal Car Accident

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute, Colorado experienced 488 fatalities as a result of motor vehicle accidents. More than half of these fatal car accidents were single vehicle crashes. Distracted driving has emerged as one of the leading contributors to vehicle accidents. Here are some causes of distracted driving and what you should do to keep yourself safe on the road.

MIND WANDERING

SafeStart.com maintains that nearly two-thirds (62%) of distracted driving is caused by drivers who are “lost in thought” and not focused on the task at hand. If you are emotional or attempting to juggle too many tasks at once, consider taking some time to calm down before getting out on the road.

CELL PHONE

It seems that everyone has a cell phone and we all know someone who has used their cell phone to make a phone call or send a text while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that any moment during the day up to 660,000 drivers are using their cell phones. Rather than sending that text while driving, pull over to the side of the road to get your message out.

PASSENGER

When you’re driving with others in the car, you can be distracted by a conversation with family or friends. Children in the backseat can also demand your immediate attention, taking your mind away from the task at hand.

If your passengers are causing a distraction, excuse yourself from the conversation. If you need to help your children, pull over before turning your attention to the backseat.

Distracted driving is one of the most preventable causes of car accidents. Put your cell phone on mute and start your journey with a clear mind.

If you have any questions about distracted driving or you would like to schedule an appointment with one of the attorneys at Sloat Law to discuss the details of your case, please feel free to contact us at 303-447-1144 or 800-873-3202.

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