The Dangers of Distracted Driving: How to Stay Safe on the Road

Distracted driving is a growing concern on our roads, with more and more drivers succumbing to the temptation of their phones, GPS, and other distractions while behind the wheel. As a result, accidents and fatalities are on the rise. At Atoyan Law, we’ve seen firsthand the devastating consequences of distracted driving, and we’re committed to spreading awareness about this critical issue. In this blog post, we’ll explore the dangers of distracted driving, and provide tips on how to stay safe on the road.

The Statistics:

The numbers are staggering. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed 3,166 lives in the United States in 2017 alone. Additionally, distracted driving injuries totaled 391,000 that same year. These numbers are likely underreported, as many cases of distracted driving go unreported or undetected.

Types of Distractions:

Distracted driving isn’t just limited to texting and driving. There are many types of distractions that can take a driver’s attention away from the road, including:

  • Visual distractions, such as looking at a phone, GPS, or scenery
  • Manual distractions, such as eating, grooming, or reaching for an object
  • Manual distractions, such as eating, grooming, or reaching for an object

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The Risks:

Distracted driving increases the risk of accidents, injuries, and fatalities. When a driver is distracted, they are less likely to react in time to changing road conditions, pedestrians, or other vehicles. This can lead to devastating consequences, including head-on collisions, rear-end crashes, and pedestrian accidents.

How to Stay Safe:

So, how can you stay safe on the road and avoid distracted driving ? Here are some tips:

  • Put your phone out of reach:

Silence your phone and put it in a place where you can’t reach it while driving.

  • Use a GPS mount:

Mount your GPS on the dashboard or windshield, so you don’t have to hold it in your hand.

  • Avoid eating and grooming:

Eat before you drive, and avoid grooming while behind the wheel.

  • Minimize passenger conversations:

Keep conversations with passengers to a minimum, and avoid engaging in complex or emotional discussions.

  • Take breaks:

If you find yourself feeling tired or distracted, pull over and take a break.

California Laws:

In California, distracted driving is illegal. The state has strict laws prohibiting the use of handheld devices while driving, and drivers who violate these laws can face fines and penalties.


Distracted driving is a serious issue that affects us all. By staying informed, being aware of our surroundings, and following the tips outlined above, we can all do our part to stay safe on the road. At Atoyan Law, we’re committed to fighting for the rights of accident victims and promoting safe driving practices. If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted driving accident, contact us today for a free consultation.

H. Jacob Arisian

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Our Personal Approach

At Atoyan Law, we understand that dealing with the aftermath of a distracted driving accident can be overwhelming and emotionally challenging. That’s why we take a personal approach to every case, treating each client with compassion, respect, and dedication. We believe that every victim deserves justice and fair compensation for their losses. Our experienced attorneys will work closely with you to understand the details of your case, answer your questions, and provide guidance throughout the legal process.

We’re committed to fighting for your rights and holding distracted drivers accountable for their actions. With our expertise and support, you can focus on your recovery and well-being, knowing that your case is in good hands. At Atoyan Law, we’re more than just lawyers – we’re advocates for safe driving practices and committed members of our community. We’re here to help you navigate the legal system and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What should I do if I see a distracted driver on the road ?

If you see a distracted driver on the road, try to maintain a safe distance and avoid engaging with them in any way. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can report the incident to the authorities by calling the police or highway patrol. Additionally, consider sharing your experience with others to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

Can I sue a distracted driver if they caused an accident ?

Yes, you may be able to sue a distracted driver if they caused an accident that resulted in injuries or damages. It's important to consult with an experienced attorney who can help you determine liability and pursue compensation for your losses.

How can I prevent my teen from driving distracted ?

Preventing distracted driving among teens requires open communication, setting clear rules, and leading by example. Encourage your teen to put away their phone while driving, and consider installing apps or devices that block phone use while the vehicle is in motion. Additionally, discuss the dangers of distracted driving and set consequences for violations of your rules.

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