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Avoiding distractions behind the wheel

On Behalf of | Apr 27, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

If you’ve noticed the headlines in recent years, you’re likely aware that distracted driving is dangerous and reckless. Yet, these days, it’s so easy for something to divert your attention. Every time you get behind the wheel, potential distractions literally bombard you. It’s a fact that no person can drive safely unless they fully focus on the task of driving.  

Although cell phone usage has become synonymous with distracted driving, any non-driving activity you engage in behind the wheel is a distraction and may substantially increase your risk of crashing. Unfortunately, distracted driving is a factor in thousands of car accidents every year in Oregon and across the country. According to statistics, over 3,300 people in the U.S. died in motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers in 2022. Here are a few ways you can avoid distracted driving and safely arrive at your destination. 


Many people may not know that having a conversation with your passengers can be a form of distracted driving. It’s easy for a conversation to take so much of your attention that you completely take your eyes off the road. It’s perfectly fine to talk to your passengers, but stay focused on the road while doing so. 


There’s nothing like listening to a great song while you are driving. However, if a song inhibits your focus, it could be a distraction and unsafe. It’s easy to get into the habit of channel surfing on the radio to find a song you like; however, if you are changing stations or messing with the radio while driving, you could cause an accident. 

Getting emotional 

You’ve probably had another driver cut you off or do something that angers you in traffic. Be aware that getting angry or emotional behind the wheel can take your focus off the road. If you find yourself feeling angry or stressed while driving, pull over in a safe location and give yourself a few minutes to calm down.  

Put your phone away 

Using your phone behind the wheel is the most notorious form of distracted driving. Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous things any person can do, and it’s also illegal in most states. Looking at your phone for just a second to send a text or check a notification is more than enough time to cause a serious crash. Never text or use your phone while driving.  

Commit to being safe 

When you are driving, commit fully to the task at hand. Never attempt to do anything that could possibly take your attention and focus away from the road. However, distracted driving accidents seem to be increasing every year, so not all drivers are committed to being safe. If you are injured or suffer the loss of an immediate family member in a car accident caused by the negligence of another party, you have the right to speak with an attorney about your options. 

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