A total of 3,166 Americans died in 2017 due to crashes caused by distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Arizona drivers are expected to be attentive to the road at all times, and everything from phone use to eating and drinking can prevent them from doing that. Therefore, avoiding these distractions is paramount. Teaching one's teenage children to avoid them is equally important.
Drivers may think that eating in the car is safe or that it will save time. However, it can actually be very dangerous. Even allowing passengers to eat can be risky, so a no-eating policy is recommended. Next, drivers should keep their phones on "do not disturb" mode and never touch them. If they must make a call, they can do so after pulling over.
An excessive number of passengers can also be distracting. Therefore, drivers might consider a limit. If they must have a passenger, they can have this person perform tasks like using any navigation systems.
Fatigue is another issue related to distracted driving. Since inattention can be caused by drowsiness, drivers should get a minimum of seven hours of sleep every day. Once they notice they are drifting out of their lane or having trouble keeping their eyes open, they could pull over for a 20-minute nap.
If a driver does nothing about drowsiness, they may cause a motor vehicle crash and be held responsible for it. Their auto insurance company may even have to face a personal injury claim. Victims, for their part, may want to file a claim with legal assistance. A lawyer could hire third parties to investigate the case and establish the defendant's guilt.