Deadly pedestrian accident in Fayetteville, Arkansas. What we can do to stop distracted driving.

Statistics tell us that a person who drives while reading or sending text messages is 23 more likely to cause or be involved in a crash than other nondistracted drivers.  Typically a crash happens, on average, within three seconds once a driver is distracted.

A young woman in Fayetteville was hit by a vehicle in a crosswalk on the University of Arkansas campus a couple of days ago.   Authorities cited the teen driver who hit the pedestrian with using a handheld device while driving.    In an instant, lives are changed – forever.   And this tragic accident was 100% avoidable.

Here are some reminders when you’re behind the wheel as to how we can do our parts on the roadways to keep others, and ourselves, safe:

  1. First and foremost, if you are not in a position to devote your full and complete attention to driving, then please take a minute to remedy any potential distraction before moving your vehicle.
  2. Avoid texting and driving.  This one simple act could save a life.   Leave your phone in your purse behind your seat or in the glovebox so that you are not tempted to read the text.  No text is more important than a life.   And no one expects to be in an accident.
  3. Refrain from talking on the phone while driving, this includes hands-free devices as well. Multitasking, including talking on the phone, is a distraction and is dangerous.
  4. Use an app to block incoming calls and texts if you are tempted to answer while driving.
  5. Eating or drinking while driving is a distraction and should be avoided.
  6. Focus 100% on driving. Do not be distracted by your passengers or outside events.
  7. Avoid grooming or applying makeup in the car.
  8. If something arises that requires your immediate attention, pull off of the roadway safely to address the situation.
  9. If you are using the navigational feature on your phone, make sure that you can hear the directions being spoken so that you are not taking your eyes off of the roadways to look at your phone.
  10. Make a commitment not to use your phone while driving.

In areas of crosswalks, it is imperative for drivers to slow down and be alert.  Texting and driving accidents are often deadly when a pedestrian is involved.   Pedestrians in crosswalks have the right-of-way and should have the right to expect that oncoming drivers are being vigilant and responsible behind the wheel.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a pedestrian accident, call the Pfeifer Law Firm to speak with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer.   We offer after-hours appointment, and the consultation is free.   Call 501-374-4440 or chat with us online.

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