Distracted Driving: Tips to Avoiding an Auto Accident from Montana-Area Lawyers

Texting is a way we communicate daily with most people in our lives, but when mixed with driving, it can be a very dangerous activity. While the state legislature of Montana has failed to enact any laws prohibiting the use of a cellular phone while driving, many cities around the state have passed ordinances which restrict drivers from using cell phones.  Using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle is distracting enough to cause an auto accident that could be fatal to you or those around you.

While any activity that could divert your attention off the road is considered distracted driving, texting is by far the most alarming. According to Distraction.Gov, 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver in 2012, a nine percent increase from 2011.

The auto accident lawyers at Hoyt & Blewett PLLC have represented car accident claimants from cities around Montana including Great Falls, Billings, and Missoula.  We are here to give you the facts about preventing a motor vehicle crash before it happens.

  1. Fully focus on driving and watch out for pedestrians and cyclist; check your mirrors.
  2. Don’t leave anything loose rolling around in your car, otherwise you’ll feel tempted to reach for it while driving.
  3. Make any adjustments before driving, including GPS, seats, mirrors and sound systems.
  4. Finish grooming before you leave the house – your car isn’t a change room.
  5. Avoid attempting to consume snacks while driving, since your hands should be focused on the meal, not on eating.
  6. Secure children and pets before getting underway.
  7. Don’t use cell phones except in absolute emergencies. This includes texting, emailing, video games or the internet.
  8. If you have passengers, ask for their help navigating or for them to grab any items you may need from your vehicle– focus on the road first.
  9. If something else demands your attention, pull off the road and stop your car in a safe place.
  10. As a general rule, if you can’t devote your full attention to driving because of some other activity, it is a distraction and should be completed after you have finished your trip and stopped your vehicle.

For more than 30 years, the auto accident lawyers at Hoyt & Blewett PLLC have been committed to advocating for injured people in Montana, including Missoula, Billings and Great Falls. With decades of experience handling complex auto accidents and other serious injury cases, they are dedicated to representing the injured person and holding insurance companies accountable.

To learn more about your potential injury claim, contact the auto accident lawyers at Hoyt & Blewett PLLC for your free consultation.