Distracted Driving Month: Are You Ready to Focus?

On the website of the Better Business Bureau for Greensboro North Carolina, there is a page called Faces of Distracted Driving. This page contains videos and information about victims of distracted driving accidents who were seriously injured or who lost their lives as a result of crashes where a driver wasn’t paying attention.

In some of the stories, the person who was killed was the driver who was distracted while in others the victim was an innocent third party who was hit by someone else focused on something other than road safety. 1104507_mobile_phone.jpg

These stories are important and our Greensboro injury attorneys know that there are thousands more stories like them, involving tragic loss caused by distracted driving. Every driver should take a few minutes to think about the risks of driving while distracted. This month, the National Safety Council (NSC) is encouraging drivers to do just that.

April Is Distracted Driving Month
According to the National Safety Council, April of 2013 is being recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month . The goal is to take a close look at one of the most common sources of driver distraction- the cell phone- and to inform the public of how to protect themselves from cell phone accidents.

NSC offers a number of tips for drivers to avoid crashes including:

  • Not using a cell phone while driving. The NSC even has a link to take a pledge promising to never use cell phones while driving, which everyone is encouraged to take. NSC indicates that while there may be many different types of distracting behavior, cell phones are the worst because the distraction goes on for such a long time and because so many drivers use phones as they drive.
  • Telling others that you’ll have to speak with them later if they call when you are driving
  • Sharing information with others on the dangers of distracted driving.

For those who wish to learn more about the dangers of distracted driving, NSC has also included educational materials on its website as well. For example, they have information on the distracted brain, which illustrates how much of your cognitive function is taken up when you focus on something other than what you should be paying attention to (driving safely).

NSC also has a State of the Nation of Cell Phone Distracted Driving Report. This report shows how widespread the problem of distracted driving is. According to the report, for example, around 24 percent of accidents in 2010 involved the use of cell phones.

Unfortunately, even those who make the responsible choice to avoid distracted driving could still be involved in a crash related to cell phone use since so many people are talking on their phones as they drive. If this happens to you or to a loved one in your family, you may be able to take legal action against the distracted driver who caused you to become involved in a crash.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact the Greensboro injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.

Additional Resources:
New Smartphone App Aims to Cut Down on Drunk Driving Accidents, North Carolina Accident Lawyer Blog, March 21, 2013

Higher Uninsured Motorist Coverage Could Protect You in Car Accident Claims, North Carolina Accident Lawyer Blog, March 18, 2013

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