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Wyoming travel: Are you sharing the road with distracted drivers?

During the course of a typical day, you might have reason to get behind the wheel of a car to drive, numerous times. Perhaps you're one of many daily commuters who navigate Wyoming traffic to get to and home from work. Maybe you are part of the unspoken busy-parents club who often feel like they spend more time in their cars than at home.

No matter what particular circumstances prompt a need for traveling by motor vehicle, you'd be a lot safer while doing so if there weren't so many distracted drivers on the road. Distracted driving is a causal factor in many roadway fatalities. If you're involved in a collision that someone caused because he or she was negligent, you shouldn't have to bear the full financial burden associated with the incident.

Take note of these issues to improve travel safety

There's a lot of misguided information out there regarding safe driving. For instance, many people believe that using hands-free electronic devices protects them from collisions. The following list shares facts that may help you avoid a distracted driving accident:

  • There is no proof that hands-free devices are safe to use while driving. In fact, evidence suggests they can cause significant driver distractions.
  • Assuming that, because you can see another driver, he or she sees you, may place your life at risk. A motorist might be dealing with a distraction and have no idea that you are nearby.
  • Distracted driving is not always immediately apparent. If a driver is cognitively distracted, for example, you would undoubtedly have no way of knowing that he or she is under distraction.
  • How many times have you witnessed someone eating or drinking while driving? It's common in this fast-paced, busy society, but it's also highly dangerous.
  • If you're sharing the road with a teenage driver, you're at greater risk for a distracted driving collision.

As many as 38 states now have laws banning cell phone use and other mobile devices while driving. There's no guarantee, however, that every Wyoming driver is going to adhere to traffic laws and safety regulations. In fact, chances are that many will not. No matter how cautious and alert you are while driving, you can suffer injury if a driver near you is dealing with a distraction.

Recovering from a distracted driving accident

Surviving a distracted driving collision doesn't necessarily mean you will have no lasting repercussions from the incident. Such accidents often leave emotional, physical and, even, financial scars. Wyoming law allows accident victims to seek financial recovery for their losses against those who were negligent while driving.

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