One of the milestones for many is obtaining a driver's license. This comes with the responsibility to operate a motor vehicle in a safe and courteous manner. Sadly, Minnesota reports an increase in the number of serious car accidents that have been attributed to distracted driving.
According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, an estimated one out of every four crashes in the state is the result of driver distractions. Approximately 70 people are killed in these types of crashes every year while another 350 victims suffer serious injuries. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher, but investigators are not always able to confirm whether distraction was a factor in a crash.
There are several ways to combat the temptations to allow one's attention to be diverted from driving. One of the first is to place cell phones out of reach in order to ignore both calls and text messages. Motorists are encouraged to preset radio stations or make music selections before driving. If one is driving alone and unsure of the route to a destination, then drivers are encouraged to study maps before leaving or pull safely off the road when consulting navigational tools.
Passengers are urged to assist motorists with any tasks that could divert attention away from driving. Along with these tips, Minnesota has passed laws that are intended to prevent driving distractions. It is now illegal to read or send text messages behind the wheel or to access the internet even when stopped at a red light. In addition, the use of any cellular device is illegal for both school bus drivers and teenagers with permits or provisional licenses. Victims who are injured in car accidents caused by the negligent actions of another party are entitled to seek compensation for their monetary losses through a civil lawsuit.