As part of a month-long observance to raise awareness about summertime safety in June, the National Safety Council has been highlighting a different topic each week of the month. The final week of June 26-30 is focusing on the dangers of using a cell phone while driving, which is a leading cause of distracted driving accidents in Statesville, Gastonia, Charlotte and elsewhere throughout the state.
Greensboro car accident lawyers know what a temptation cell phones and other hand-held devices can be while driving, but we encourage motorists to put them away to reduce the risk of a serious or fatal accident.
Distracted driving has become a serious public health threat throughout the U.S. the last several years, mostly due to the increased number of cell phone users. CTIA-The Wireless Association reports that in 1995, about 11 percent of the U.S. population were cell phone subscribers. In 2010, the approximate number of subscribers throughout the country grew to 93 percent of the population. In 2008, there were an estimated 110 billion text messages sent every month.
The NSC reports that the popularity of cell phones contributes to dangers on the road. Drivers using cell phones are four times more likely to be involved in a car accident. More than 600,000 crashes involving a driver using a cell phone have been reported so far this year. The number grows every 24 seconds.
The NSC offers the following distracted driving prevention tips to improve health and safety on roadways this summer:
-Create a temporary voicemail greeting indicating you are driving and will return all calls at a later time.
-Silence your cell phone before you start the engine.
-Pull over to the side of the road in a safe location if you need to text or talk.
-Employers should set policies and parents should establish rules for their teen drivers that oppose and punish cell phone use while driving.
For more information about understanding the distracted brain, click to view the NSC White Paper.
Contact the experienced team of car accident attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. if you have been injured in a distracted driving or other car-related accident in Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Hickory or the surrounding areas. Call 1-800-887-1965 for a free no-obligation appointment to discuss your rights today.
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National Safety Month Aimed at Reducing Driver Inattention in Greensboro, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, June 4, 2011
Teens at High Risk of Greensboro Car Accidents in Summer, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, June 16, 2011
Resolve to Reduce Your Risk of a North Carolina Car Accident in 2011, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, January 9, 2011