This April, we observe Distracted Driving Awareness month – take the pledge!
Distraction is anything that makes it difficult for a person to focus or pay attention. Distraction is a huge cause of concern when you are driving. It is important for a driver to pay attention and to think clearly when he or she is behind the wheel. Even a few seconds of distraction can cause you to run into the rear of the car in front. This April, we observe Distracted Driving Awareness month by reminding ourselves of the dangers of distracted driving. Take the pledge!
Distracted Driving Awareness Month
The initiative by the National Safety Council discourages distracted driving and promotes safe driving practices. A large part of the month focuses on the use of cellphones while driving. Talking or texting on a cell phone while driving is prevalent among teen drivers and even experienced adult drivers. Some drivers believe they can drive with one hand while texting; however, this means that they are paying more attention to their cell phone than to the traffic and road ahead. Even hands free devices are not completely safe as they still distract the driver from the main task at hand.
Cell phones are not the only culprit. There are other distractions such as passengers, eating, and drinking that are equally dangerous.
Distracted Driving Statistics
It is not surprising that distracted driving is responsible for many accidents, injuries, and deaths on U.S. roads. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, as many as 3,129 people were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2014.
While inexperienced teenage drivers often overestimate their driving abilities and cause distracted driving accidents, experienced drivers at times take their safety for granted. Even a few seconds of distraction can take a driver’s hands off the steering wheel and eyes off the road. This can be deadly when the driver fails to notice an obstacle and causes a crash.
Distracted Driving and Compensation for Injuries
If you have suffered injuries caused by a distracted driver, contact a Chicago car wreck lawyer to pursue a claim for compensation. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.