April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is getting ready to publicize their campaign for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This high-visibility campaign is aimed at raising awareness about not only the dangers of distracted driving but also about the potential financial costs associated with texting behind the wheel. Distracted driving is being described as an epidemic. Even though people seem to understand the dangers of texting-while-driving, they’re still doing it. Since distracted driving crashes are 100 percent preventable, the NHTSA hopes to reduce the number of injury-causing and fatal crashes caused by distracted drivers each year.
The Disturbing Facts on Distracted Driving
• In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in distracted-driving crashes.
• Approximately 421,000 people were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2012.
• 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reportedly distracted at the time of the crash.
• Of distracted drivers in fatal crashes, 30 to 39-year-olds had the highest proportion of cell phone involvement.
• In 2011, 3,360 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.
• Texting takes your eyes off of the road for 4.6 seconds. When traveling at 55-miles-per-hour, this is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field blindfolded!
• At any given time across the U.S., an estimated 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices behind the wheel.
One Text or Call Could Wreck it All
The NHTSA’s slogan “One Text or Call Could Wreck it All” is pretty self-explanatory. All it takes is looking away from the road for an instant for a devastating wreck to occur. Any time a driver takes his or her attention away from the task of driving, everybody is put at risk. Although we often hear about texting-while-driving, any task that takes a driver’s cognitive, visual or manual attention away from driving is considered a dangerous distraction.
What to Do After a Distracted Driving Crash
Contacting an experienced personal injury attorney is a great first step after a crash. It’s important to get the ball rolling on your case as soon as possible, especially when distracted driving is involved. It will be necessary for your attorney to follow up with official investigations and stay on top of any new case developments. If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted-driving crash, contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. for a free consultation.