The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release about picking safe driving habits while you’re picking your bracket during March Madness. The NHTSA’s “Safe Driving: The Only Sure March Madness Pick” is aimed at raising awareness about dangerous driving behaviors like distracted and drunk driving. Officials with the NHTSA are reminding motorists to avoid distracted driving and impaired driving this month, and all yearlong. It may be tempting to frequently check the latest scores on your phone, but don’t do it behind the wheel. Additionally, make sure to get a safe ride home if you’re out at a bar or a friend’s house watching the game with alcohol.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

According to the NHTSA, 3,166 people were killed in distracted-driving crashes in 2017. Even taking a quick peek at a text can take your eyes off of the roadway and put you at risk for an injury causing or potentially fatal crashes. A cell phone is a manual, visual and cognitive distraction behind the wheel, so the safest practice is to put your phone on silent and place it in the backseat, where you won’t be tempted to check it.

Drunk Driving Crashes Are 100-Percent Preventable

On average, a person is killed every 48 minutes due to drunk driving in the U.S. In 2017, 10,874 people were killed in drunk driving crashes across the nation. The NHTSA wants to get the word out that buzzed driving is drunk driving too. Even one drink can be one drink too many. If you’re drinking alcohol during the game, make sure you have a safe ride home. It’s as easy as designating a sober friend, calling a cab or using a rideshare app like Uber or Lyft. It could save your life or the lives of others.

Car Accidents Caused by Drunk and Distracted Drivers

After any type of car accident caused by the dangerous or negligent actions of another driver, it’s important to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a drunk or distracted driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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