Anything that takes a driver’s focus away from the road can be considered a distraction. Ideally, those who are driving in Mississippi or other states will limit the number of passengers that they have in their vehicles. Those who do have passengers should request that they change the radio station or get directions on behalf of the driver while the car is moving. If a driver is tired, a passenger will ideally offer to take control of the vehicle.

Those who are riding by themselves should pull over and take a nap if they feel fatigued. Drinking coffee or soda may also help a person wake up while on the way to work or school. Ideally, a driver will not use his or her cellphone while driving. The phone should either be off or put in a location where a driver won’t be tempted to reach for it.

It is important to note that even a hands-free device can distract someone and increase the chances of an accident. Parents should talk with their teens about the dangers of distracted driving as younger drivers are more likely to cause accidents. They should also model good behavior while driving with their kids and show zero tolerance for any bad habits that their children exhibit.

When car wrecks are caused by distracted drivers, injured victims are usually entitled to compensation. This is because using a phone, eating a meal or otherwise not focusing on the road is generally seen as negligent. Victims may be able to seek reimbursement of medical bills, lost wages and lost future earnings in a settlement or through a trial. An attorney might be able to obtain evidence that a distracted driver caused the crash and use it as leverage during the legal process.  Contact George B. Ready if you need assistance.