Distracted drivers in Oklahoma may be less safe than those who give the road their full attention. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2017, more than 3,000 people died in car accidents involving distracted drivers. While texting or talking on a cellphone is a major distraction, it is not the only one.
Driver should limit the number of passengers in their car and the distractions caused by those passengers. They can encourage passengers to be quiet and helpful in choosing a radio station or watching traffic. Drivers should also avoid eating and driving. This extends to passengers as well, particularly if they are children. Dealing with children who may be arguing over or spilling food can mean that a driver’s attention is not on the road.
Many people do not realize that driving while drowsy can be as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. People who find themselves struggling to stay awake while behind the wheel should pull off the road for a 20-minute nap if possible and seek caffeine or even a rideshare if not. Finally, people should turn off and put away cellphones. Even using a phone hands-free can be dangerous. If it is necessary to make a phone call or send a text, drivers should pull off the road to do so.
Distracted drivers may cause car accidents that are not fatal but still result in catastrophic injuries. The driver may be held financially responsible for the medical expenses and other associated costs incurred by people who are injured. However, in some cases, injured victims may struggle to collect sufficient compensation from the driver’s insurance company, or the driver might be uninsured. In these situations, an attorney may be able to help. It might be necessary to file a lawsuit to get adequate compensation.