Distracted driving costs this country substantial financial losses and, worst of all, the loss of human life. Distracted Driving Awareness Month aims to protect motorists from injuries, but if you are injured, contact a personal injury attorney for help.
It may seem that COVID-19 and its containment measures should have reduced road accidents. Ironically, more Americans perished on our roads in the first nine months of 2020 than during the same period in 2019. Deaths increased by 4.6%, translating to 28,190 fatalities.
Local authorities blame the rising cases on reckless driving behavior, which includes distracted driving. They say that the economic downturn decreased road traffic and increased stress, idle time, and substance abuse. These factors also produced more distracted driving that caused more accidents, injuries, and deaths.
That’s why April is a season for highlighting the dangers of distracted driving. Distracted Driving Awareness Month aims to educate drivers and help reduce accidents. It’s important to stay aware of the risks, avoid distraction whenever possible, and contact a personal injury lawyer if you are involved in a distracted driving crash.
Distraction is Destruction, Drive Safely
Did you know that daily, distracted driving injures over 700 Americans? Every road user should remember that distracted driving is destructive driving. Many drivers are gadget addicts who can’t put down their smartphones. They keep talking on their phones and even text while driving. This behavior is highly distracting and equally destructive because it easily steals your attention from the wheel to the phone.
Further, using hands-free devices isn’t much safer because you still need to focus on two jobs simultaneously. Other drivers still program their vehicle’s entertainment systems while driving, while others might eat, drink, take care of children, and more while driving. But the type of distraction notwithstanding, the results are the same—serious and avoidable road accidents and injuries. Distracted drivers may be held fully liable for any harm they cause.
You Can Help Reduce the Carnage
There is still hope for safer roads if everyone does their part to combat distracted driving. You can help create safer roads by following the recommendations from the National Safety Council (NSC). You can fight distracted driving by taking the NSC Just Drive Pledge that requires you to stop doing the following while driving:
- Make or receive phone calls by handling the phone, hands-free, or via Bluetooth;
- Use voice-to-text capabilities in your vehicle’s dashboard;
- Use any social media platform like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, YouTube, Telegram, LinkedIn, and Vimeo;
- Read, write, or send emails;
- Shoot photos or videos;
- Program your GPS;
- Write, read, or send text messages.
Adopting these recommendations in your driving will go a long way in eliminating distracted driving on our roads. Remember, road safety starts with you, but its benefits help all other road users.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney if You’ve Been Hurt
Distracted driving is costly and destructive, and it can be difficult to know that a texting driver caused your accident and injuries. In this situation, you have the opportunity to fight for your rights. You can contact a personal injury attorney from Blackburn & Green to help you seek just compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact us today so we can evaluate your legal options.