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Ways to avoid becoming a distracted driver

As West Virginia motorists may be aware, the number of car accident fatalities has continued to rise across the country. Traffic experts have blamed driver distraction from smartphones and other in-car electronics, such as infotainment systems, as a major part of the problem. However, there are some ways that people can keep themselves safer when behind the wheel.

According to a survey, approximately 52 percent of licensed motorists admit to use their smartphones to text, send emails, watch videos and play music while they drive. Some tech companies are starting to include safety features that prevent drivers from using the devices. Drivers can often pair their phone with their vehicle through Bluetooth. This allows them to put their phones out of sight while still being able to play their music and stay alerted to important calls.

Further, some vehicle manufacturers are working on making their cars safer. Some of the technology being offered are lane departure and collision warning systems. If a driver somehow becomes distracted, these alert systems can help bring the driver's attention back to the road in an effort to avoid a car accident. With that being said, drivers can keep themselves safe by simply keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.

Even drivers who avoid distractions from smartphones and in-vehicle technologies can still become involved in a car accident that was caused by another distracted driver. Because distracted drivers are often not aware of their speed and what is going on around them, the accidents that they cause may be severe and result in catastrophic injuries. People who have been harmed in such a manner might want to discuss their situations with an experienced attorney.

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