April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
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April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

According to the CDC, distracted driving causes eight fatalities each day. April is designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to bring attention to this important issue. Typically, there is an increased law enforcement presence on busy roads between April 3rd – 10th as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) U Drive, U Text, U Pay campaign. This initiative reminds people of the legal consequences of distracted driving by imposing fines.

Forms of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving encompasses a range of activities, such as adjusting a GPS or radio, applying makeup, or eating. However, the most prevalent form of distracted driving is the use of cell phones. People use their phones to text, talk, and browse social media, taking their attention off the road. Any form of distraction can lead to severe accidents and the loss of innocent lives. Millennials and Gen Z are the most prone to distracted driving in today’s society.

Economic Costs of Distracted Driving

Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can cost a lot. These expenses vary for each person but typically include:

  • Medical bills
  • Property damage
  • Insurance deductibles
  • Lost productivity or wages
  • Emergency medical services

These costs represent the tangible losses that result from car accidents. However, in addition to these expenses, there may also be a significant loss in quality of life that can never be fully regained if you or someone else sustains a serious injury in an auto collision. Sending a single text message while driving is not worth risking your quality of life or someone else’s.

Tips for Avoiding Distractions While Driving

It is important to follow a few simple guidelines to ensure your safety and that of your passengers while driving. If you receive a text while driving, pull over to a safe location and park before checking the text message. Another useful tip is to designate a passenger as a “designated texter” who can access your phone and respond to calls or messages on your behalf. Finally, if you struggle with texting or checking social media when you are driving by yourself, consider using the “do not disturb” feature on your phone. If your phone doesn’t have this feature, you can store it in a glove box or the back of your vehicle to avoid distractions.

Reach Out to a Committed Car Accident Attorney Today

Our top priority is to protect others by raising awareness of the risks associated with distracted driving. If you or someone you know has been involved in a crash caused by a distracted driver, you should speak with an experienced car accident lawyer immediately. Our seasoned attorneys can assist you in pursuing legal action and holding the responsible party accountable for their negligence. Contact a dedicated legal professional at Marcus & Mack today to take the necessary steps in seeking justice.

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