Distracted Driving Awareness MonthApril 2, 2018
Texting and talking on the phone while driving are not the only causes of distracted driving accidents, but they are two of the most common causes. To bring much-needed attention to this issue, the National Safety Council observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Drivers are encouraged to recognize the dangers of distracted driving and make safety a priority by eliminating as many distractions in the car as possible – starting with the phone.
One way to be proactive about avoiding distractions is to make a pledge to your loved ones that you are committed to being a safe and attentive driver. Your pledge can involve making a promise to avoid the following behaviors when you are behind the wheel:
- Talking on the phone, including using a hands-free, handheld, or Bluetooth device
- Sending or reading text messages
- Using the dashboard’s voice-to-text feature
- Checking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, or any other social media
- Checking or sending emails
- Taking selfies or videos
- Inputting directions into the GPS while the vehicle is moving
- Calling or texting another person who you know is also driving
Sending the Message that Distracted Driving Costs Lives
According to a recent survey by the National Safety Council, two-thirds of drivers feel that other people’s distracted driving habits make them feel unsafe. Yet, only 25 percent of those people believe that their own distracted behavior, like talking on the phone or texting, is endangering the lives of other drivers. Too often, drivers have the mentality that “it was just one phone call or a quick text,” and they believe that nothing could possibly happen. Unfortunately, a moment of distraction can lead to a life-changing injury or the trauma of knowing that you caused another person to be seriously injured or to lose their life.
Distracted driving remains a serious public health threat. In fact, approximately 80 percent of all wrecks involve distracted driving. Fortunately, by avoiding distracting behavior, these types of accidents are completely preventable. “We all share the same roads,” says John Higgins, vice president of safety and health at Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), “and the more people who engage in distracted driving behavior, the more unsafe our roads become. We hope that Distracted Driving Awareness Month encourages drivers across the country to make a commitment to phone-free driving, as well as other forms of distracted driving.”
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Victims of Distracted Driving Accidents
If you have been involved in a car accident involving another driver who was distracted at the time of the accident, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Distracted driving is a serious, but completely avoidable, issue in this country. We are on your side and will do everything in our power to hold the negligent party responsible for their actions. Our experienced team will seek the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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