Distracted driving is any activity that takes the driver’s attention off the road. Such distraction can either be visual, manual, or cognitive, but all can be deadly to you and other motorists. A distracted driver has little time to react and avert a potential disaster, which is why it is crucial to be fully alert whenever you are behind the wheel.
Some of the basic things you need to keep in mind when you’re behind the wheel include:
- Do not talk on the phone or text while driving.
- Keep the stereo volume at a minimal level to allow you to hear sounds outside the vehicle, like screeching tires or horns.
- Do not eat while driving or engage in any distractive activity like personal grooming.
- Map out destinations in advance if you are driving alone. This will help prevent fumbling with the navigation systems, which can divert your attention off the road.
- Ensure pets are in a carrier so they don’t distract you.
North Carolina laws against distracted driving
Under North Carolina law, it is illegal for anyone aged 18 and below to operate a mobile phone while driving on a public road unless in exceptional circumstances. In addition, it is unlawful for drivers of all ages to text while driving in the state. Despite these rules, it’s not uncommon to see drivers with their phones in hand as they move through traffic.
Safeguard your legal rights
You want to be safe, so you do all that you can to avoid distracted driving. Sometimes, however, accidents are inevitable no matter the steps you take. Besides, there’s nothing you can do about other drivers who let themselves get distracted — and they’re everywhere. Therefore, if you happen to be involved in an accident with a distracted driver, it is necessary to safeguard your rights by taking the proper steps in pursuit of justice. You may be entitled to compensation for any injuries you suffer from such an accident, which may go a long way in helping you along the recovery process.