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Distracted Driving - It Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Would you risk your life to take a phone call?

It sounds like a stupid question.

Except that’s exactly what happened yesterday when a 35-year-old man caused a pile-up in North Van after reaching for his cell phone.

 He might have only taken his eyes off the road for a second. But it was long enough for this driver to swerve right and crash into a parked car, causing a chain reaction that involved four other vehicles.

It’s a miracle that no one was injured.

Imagine if this guy had swerved into oncoming traffic. We’d probably be talking about serious injuries or deaths.

So what was this driver’s punishment for endangering the lives of other users of the road?

A $368 fine for driving without due care and attention.

That’s it, $368 bucks!

How long is it going to take for this type of recklessness to be taken seriously?

I mean really, how can you expect drivers to take reckless driving seriously if the courts don’t?  Because at present there’s simply no deterrent.

Of course it’s not just up to the authorities. It’s up to drivers to take responsibility for their own actions.

We all know the dangers of distracted driving. In fact, most of you are probably shaking your head at the antics of this guy in North Van.

Because here’s the thing.

Driving is one of the most complex tasks you’ll have to do all day. It’s also one of the most dangerous.

So, if you’re not giving the road your full attention you’re putting yourself and everyone around you at risk.

Cell phones get all the headlines. But distracted driving isn’t just about checking your texts or making a call.

Ever touched up your mascara while motoring down the road? – that’s distracted driving.

Shifting your gaze to adjust your tunes? – that’s distracted driving.

Looking at a map.  Turning to talk to your kids. Eating a donut and drinking a coffee while behind the wheel – 3x distracted driving.

You might think you can multitask. But take your eyes off of the road, even for a few seconds and the results can be catastrophic.

So next time you get behind the wheel ask yourself …. are you giving the road your full attention?

Jeff Witten

McComb Witten Personal Injury Lawyers

Category: Car Accidents

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