Spring Break is no time to forget about distracted driving

This week and all throughout the month, students across Tennessee will be taking a much-appreciated break from school for Spring Break. If they are old enough to drive, these students will likely be driving around with friends all day and night, maybe even taking a road trip.

However, it is crucial to remind these teen drivers that although they may be taking a break from classes, they should not take a break from driving safely. This especially includes distracted driving. This month, we want to urge parents, students and all drivers on Tennessee roadways to stay focused on driving and avoid distraction.

Driving while distracted can be extremely dangerous. A driver can have his or her hands off the wheel, eyes off the road and attention focused on something other than the task of driving. In the case of texting or using a cellphone while driving, all three of these distractions can happen at the very same time making drivers unaware of their surroundings and out of control of their vehicles.

The distracted driving laws in Tennessee state that texting while driving is a primary offense for every driver. Further, novice drivers who are not yet fully licensed are prohibited from using a cellphone in any way behind the wheel.

Unfortunately, people don’t always comply with the law. There are some drivers who think they can quickly send a text or check Facebook while driving without putting anyone in danger. However, the statistics show that this is not true. In fact, we discussed just how dangerous distracted driving is in this article about texting driving versus drunk driving.

There is no vacation from safe driving; any mistake or reckless decision can have catastrophic consequences. Any driver who is injured in a crash caused by a distracted driver can suffer devastating injuries, and it can be crucial to understand the options available to seek damages. Speaking with an attorney can be a good way to explore these options and hold the appropriate party accountable.