Male driver texting on his cell phone while driving.

Male driver texting on his cell phone while driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently recognizing National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This April, they are focusing on their U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign, which is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers and costs associated with distracted driving. This year, the campaign is primarily targeted to men and women, between the ages of 18 and 34 years old, with a skew toward women. In addition to the dangers of using cell phones behind the wheel, they NHTSA is also reminding people to avoid other types of distractions while driving too.

The Stats on Distracted Driving

  • Between 2012 and 2017, nearly 20,000 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver.
  • In 2017, there were 3,166 people killed in crashes involving distracted drivers.
  • In 2017, eight percent of people killed in teen (15-19 years old) driving crashes died when the teen drivers were distracted at the time of the wreck.
  • Young drivers, ages 16 to 24 years old, have been observed using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers since 2007.
  • Female drivers with a cell phone have been more likely to be involved in fatal distracted driving crashes as compared to male drivers every year since 2012.

NHTSA’s Tips for Avoiding Distracted Driving

The NHTSA has a ton of tips to help drivers avoid distractions behind the wheel. First of all, if you’re expecting a text or need to send one, pull over your car and park in a safe location. Once you’re off the road and parked, it’s safe to text. If you have a passenger in the car, you can make that person the “designated texter.” Finally, never engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving. If you’re struggling with the urge, put your phone in the trunk, glove box or back seat until you get to where you’re going.

Distracted Driving Accidents Are Avoidable

Wrecks can happen in the blink of an eye. Don’t be that driver who is looking at their phone instead of the road. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a distracted driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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