Highlighting the Importance of Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Providing the resources and advice you need to understand the dangers behind some of the most common driving behaviors
According to the National Safety Council, there were approximately 40,000 fatalities attributed to motor vehicle crashes in 2016 alone. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of serious and sometimes fatal car accidents. Taking your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel or your attention away from driving can for even a split second can lead to tragic and irreversible consequences. In recognition of the dangers posed by distracted driving, April is designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The goal of highlighting the growing problem of distracted driving is to make drivers aware of just how dangerous something as simple as using a cell phone while driving can be and hopefully reduce the number of accidents caused by distraction.
Driving is a privilege that requires a high level of skill, experience and focus. Unfortunately, many drivers become complacent and take this privilege for granted. Some of the most common problematic driving behaviors include:
- Talking on a cell phone
- Putting on makeup
- Using navigational systems
- Talking to passengers
While these behaviors may seem routine and mundane, they are inherently dangerous while driving. Taking your attention off of the road for any reason prevents you from following posted traffic directions and increases reaction time if you are faced with an unexpected situation.
Recent statistics illustrate just how prevalent distracted driving is. For example, 64% of surveyed drivers report that they are comfortable speeding and 47% are comfortable texting while driving. Unfortunately, these feelings of comfort give drivers a false sense of control and open the door for serious accidents that would never have occurred if the driver had been focused solely on driving.
There are many different proposals currently being evaluated by states across the country. Many states have banned cell phone use while driving including the use of hands-free devices. In addition, ignition interlock devices are often utilized for drivers convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These devices require drivers to provide a breath sample before they can start their vehicle. Because teen drivers are particularly at risk of distractions, additional licensing requirements and testing are being implemented in some jurisdictions for drivers between the ages of 15 and 21.
Distracted driving is responsible for thousands of preventable accidents each year. It is important to understand the dangers of common, everyday distractions and take measurable steps to prevent unnecessary injuries and deaths. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be able to recover substantial compensation. The experienced New Jersey distracted driving attorneys at Lomurro Law are here to provide the legal advice and guidance you need. To schedule an appointment, call us at 732-482-9285 or contact us online.