April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Distracted driving kills thousands of people every year. In fact, according to the National Safety Council (NSC), every day 100 are injured and at least nine people are killed in motor vehicle accidents due to distracted driving.
The NSC has declared that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and a great time to remind everyone about the dangers of driving while not paying attention to the road.
Distracted Driving Facts
- Over 400,000 people are injured in accidents that involve a distracted driver.
- Cell phone use while operating a vehicle is the most common form of distracted driving, and teen drivers are more likely to be involved in a car accident due to texting than adults.
- Twenty percent of teenagers say that they have had entire conversations by text while operating a vehicle.
Common Causes of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving car accidents happen when drivers are trying to multitask. Many things can cause distractions while driving, and everyone has probably been guilty of engaging in at least some form of distracted driving at one time or another.
Examples of distracted driving include:
- Using a cell phone: Talking or texting while driving is very common when it comes to distracted driving accidents. There is no safe way to use a cell phone while operating a moving vehicle. Using a cell phone, whether handheld or not, is a form of multitasking and may lessen your ability to focus on the road.
- Talking to other passengers: There is nothing wrong with talking to other passengers in the vehicle, as long as you know that paying attention to the road is your primary concern. Turning to look at someone in the passenger seat is very dangerous and may lead to a car accident.
- Grooming: Using the rearview mirror to groom yourself, whether brushing your hair, shaving, or applying makeup, may lead to shifting the mirror and forgetting to readjust it to see the traffic behind you, in addition to the potential consequences of generally taking your attention from the road.
- Adjusting the radio or GPS: These actions may seem innocuous, but taking your eyes off the road for as little as five seconds while, traveling 55 mph, is the equivalent of crossing a football field blindfolded.
- Taking your eyes off the road for any reason: Maybe you are distracted by another accident on the side of the road and turn to look at it, or you are distracted by children bickering in the backseat. Taking your eyes off the road for even a second may lead to fatal consequences.
Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving
Distracted driving accidents, although common, are 100 percent preventable. Practicing a few of these safety measures can help reduce your chances of being involved in a car crash:
- Use your cell phone in emergency situations only, or consider pulling off the road.
- If you are feeling drowsy, you should pull off the road to prevent falling asleep at the wheel.
- Try to avoid eating while driving. Dropping food and attempting to reach for it is extremely dangerous.
- Set your radio and GPS before getting on the road.
- Finish getting dressed and grooming yourself at home.
Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Represent Victims Injured in Accidents Due to Distracted Driving
If you were injured due to a distracted driver, you need a lawyer that will fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. The Wilmington car accident lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow represent victims injured in distracted driving accidents. For a free consultation, contact us online or contact us by phone at our Wilmington office at 302-427-9500, our Bear office at 302-834-8484, or our Milford office at 302-422-6705. We proudly represent clients in Elsmere, Seaford, and across Delaware.