Distracted driving is a common problem that can result in a ticket at best and injury or death at worst. Distracted driving is defined as either taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel, in addition to taking your mind off driving. Avoiding distracted driving will help you avoid getting in an accident and avoid getting pulled over. The rise in popularity of cell phone use in recent years has added to the potential for distracted driving, and in fact about nine people in the U.S. are killed each day from vehicle accidents involving distracted driving.
Avoid Distracted Driving
One of the simplest ways to increase safety in the car is to always wear a seatbelt. Additionally, ensure that all passengers, especially children are buckled at all times. Beyond safety issues, you can also easily receive a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt while driving.
There is strong evidence on the dangers of using cell phones while driving. In fact, using a cellphone while driving doubles the increase of a crash. The state of Kansas established a law banning the use of text messaging while driving. Missouri does not currently have such a law. 49% of adults admit to texting while driving event though 98% of adults report knowing that it is unsafe to do so. The simplest way to avoid getting in an accident due to texting, and to avoid getting in trouble with the law, is to avoid texting while driving altogether and to limit overall cell phone use.
There are several other things you can do to avoid getting into an accident and getting pulled over for a ticket, including avoiding driving while tired, using caution while changing lanes and always using appropriate signaling. Furthermore, avoid driving over the speed limit. All of these driving choices make you a less likely target to get pulled over by a police officer, in addition to making accidents less likely.
Legal Help After a Car Accident or Traffic Ticket
If you are pulled over by a police officer or get into a traffic accident, make sure to protect your rights by calling a traffic attorney. The office of Danial C. Miller, LLC, handles traffic cases in Missouri and Kansas. Call today at (816) 875-0470.