Cell Phone Use Behind the WheelMississippi Legal News
Due to the restricted reaction time you have when you are driving a car, your safety and the safety of any other people on the roadway has everything to do with staying focused and paying attention to your surroundings. In spite of this, each day we see hundreds of car crashes created by drivers who are not paying attention to the road. The most frequent distraction is caused by people checking their cell phones rather than watching the road. Texting when you are behind the wheel is seven times more likely to end in an accident than drunk driving. So it stands to reason that ditching your phone while you are driving is an essential part of driving safely.
Hide Your Phone While You are Driving
Or at least make it inaccessible. The most popular spot for someone’s cell phone is usually in the cupholder between the seats. It is close at hand, easy to hear, and quick to reach. If you recognize that you are powerless to withstand the siren’s song of a notification alert or helpless against the desire to snap selfies at a red light, then stash your cell in a place that is hard for you to access from the driver’s seat.
Turn on the Do Not Disturb Function
Much better than just hiding your cell phone where you cannot get to it is turning on the do not disturb function. When you do this, you will never know about the notification letting you know that a new video has just been uploaded by your favorite YouTuber. A video, by the way, that will still be waiting for you to watch it after you have arrived at your destination safely.
Use One of the Three Music Apps You Have
For starters, coming up with playlists is just fun, okay? You need a 90s playlist, a cleaning playlist, a workout playlist, one for sleeping, one for when you’re mad… Playlists are essential, but using your cell to open Spotify and pick what you want to hear is no less risky than sending to a text or uploading a video when you are already driving. Making a driving playlist ahead of time means you can hook in the aux cord and be ready to go before you are on the road.
If you or somebody that you love has been hurt in a car crash that was the result of someone else’s distracted driving, we strongly advise that you seek the counsel of a qualified, respected personal injury attorney as soon as you are able to. At the law offices of Will Ferguson & Associates, we can help you fight for the compensation for the medical bills, lost wages, surgeries, physical therapy, and pain and suffering that you are entitled to under New Mexico law. For a free consultation with an attorney, please give our offices a call at 505-243-5566 today.