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Putting The Brakes On Distracted Driving Starts With You

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Almost everyone has seen a driver distracted by a cell phone, but when you are the one who is distracted, you often don’t realize that dangerous driver is you.

A semi-truck and a Honda Pilot collided when the driver of the Honda tried to merge into the same lane as the truck on I-85 in Gastonia, North Carolina. Both vehicles pulled off to the side of the road and the truck driver turned on his hazard lights. Approximately one minute later, the driver of a 2006 Chevrolet HHR slammed into the stopped truck. Police said there is no evidence that the driver of the HHR attempted to brake and believe she was distracted by her cell phone at the time of the crash. There is no indication that the woman was speeding or impaired. She was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Honda, and a passenger, were treated for minor injuries. He was ultimately charged with driving without a license, driving while impaired and unsafe lane change. The tractor-trailer driver was not injured.


Distracted driving is rampant on our roadways, injuring and killing thousands each year. As automakers continue to add more and more technology into our vehicles, it is becoming easier to drive distracted. This problem is not limited to one socio-economic group or area of the country. We have all seen moms in mini-vans and drivers in company vehicles. We have seen them on major highways and country roads. Nowadays, drivers almost seem surgically attached to their phones.

While people know the dangers of cell phone use and driving, they do it anyway. They simply can’t resist; the lure is too powerful. So can we ever stop this epidemic? First of all, laws must be clearer and consistent nationwide. Some states or local governments allow phone use – dialing and talking, but not texting. Others allow hands-free devices. Unfortunately, many of the laws are tough to enforce. Ultimately it boils down to driver responsibility. The best way to mitigate the problem is to change the behavior. To avoid temptation, power down or put your phone away before heading out. Remember too, that driver distractions come in many forms. If you cannot devote your full attention to driving because of some other activity, it’s a distraction. Take care of it before or after your trip, not while behind the wheel.

Mark Bello is the CEO and General Counsel of Lawsuit Financial Corporation, a pro-justice lawsuit funding company.