April is “Distracted Driving Awareness Month”, and the Indianapolis truck accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to focus on some of the most common driving distractions.
While most people tend to think of cellphones as the greatest distraction drivers face, many other items and electronics can force drivers’ eyes off the road. Take the case of the driver of a tractor-trailer who crashed on I-65 outside of Indianapolis while adjusting his radio.
According to WTHR 13 News, the 35-year-old driver of the southbound semi was hauling more than eight tons of potassium hydroxide near 38th Street at approximately 5:30 a.m. The driver told officers he was “messing with the radio” when he left the roadway and struck an abandoned vehicle.
The incident highlights the need for drivers to be focused on the road when behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. There are several steps you can take to heighten your focus behind the wheel, such as:
- Turning off your cellphone when driving.
- Avoiding eating or drinking while the vehicle is moving.
- Making stereo and radio adjustments before entering the roadway.
- Limiting the number of passengers you’re carrying.
- Using GPS with voice commands.
At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve seen the devastation car accidents can cause, which is why our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are hopeful these tips will help to keep you safe on the road.