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U Drive. U Text. U Pay

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is getting ready to publicize their annual Distracted Driving Awareness safety campaign. After all, April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The NHTSA’s U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign will focus on the financial consequences and expenses of texting behind the wheel. The U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign has been funded by grants totaling up to $8.4 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation. This year’s slogan is “If you’re texting, you’re not driving.” Paid advertising and public service announcements will run from April 6-15, 2015.

If You’re Texting, You’re Not Driving

Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. If you’re going 55 miles per hour, that’s the same as driving the length of a football field blindfolded. The slogan is simple and accurate. “If you’re texting, you’re not driving.” You can’t do both. You’re either driving or you’re texting. Even just reading a text is enough to cause an injury causing or fatal accident.

Distracted Driving Facts

• In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.
• An estimated 424,000 people were injured in wrecks involving distracted drivers in 2013.
• In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.
• Drivers in their 20’s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes.

The Distracted Driving Epidemic

Texting behind the wheel has become an epidemic in California and across the nation. Drivers of all ages are engaging in distracted driving behaviors behind the wheel. Thankfully, most states now have distracted driving laws. In addition publicizing the costs and dangers associated with distracted driving, law enforcement agencies will be enhancing enforcement efforts across the country this month.

After a Distracted Driving Crash

After any kind of crash caused by another driver’s dangerous behaviors, it’s a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your options. Sometimes, it takes additional investigative efforts to determine if a driver was distracted at the time of the crash.

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