April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC strives to increase awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. We have continuously posted blogs that highlight the dangers of distracted driving and the tragic outcomes that may result.

With April being Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we plan to provide information to readers regarding the dangers of distracted driving and how they may avoid this dangerous habit.

The National Safety Council provides information on their website regarding distracted driving. According to their website, thousands of people die every year because drivers continue to use their cell phones while driving. Some of the main things they urge readers to think about are below:

  • Stop using cell phones while driving
  • Recognize that hands-free devices offer no safety benefit
  • Understand the dangers of the cognitive distraction to the brain
  • Tell others about the dangers of cell phone distracted driving

Drive Cell Free: Take the Pledge

The National Safety Council provides a pledge to drive cell free that they ask people to take. The NSC estimates that nearly 25% of car crashes involve the use of cell phones.

Driving is not a simple task and takes your full attention, eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and brain focused on driving. Those who talk on the phone are cognitively distracted, which may lead to them failing to see up to 50% of the environment around them, including stop signs, pedestrians and red lights.

To take the NSC Pledge to drive cell free, click here.

 Crashes Involving Cell Phones

The NSC also has infographics that explain the use of cell phones in fatal crashes. The infographic addressing the underreporting of cell phone use explain that there are three levels of crashes involving cell phones:

  • Known – driver admitted phone use
  • Suspected – driver didn’t admit to phone use
  • Unknown – one car cash, not witnesses, driver deceased

To learn more about the amount of crashes that fall into each of the crashes above, click here.

Involved in an Distracted Driving Accident

As the data shows, the number of accidents caused by distracted driving is in the thousands. If you were injured in an accident due to another individual’s failure to remain focused on the roadway, call our car accident lawyers at 800.637.8170. We have seen the tragic results of accidents caused by cell phone use and are determined to not only spread awareness to reduce the number of accidents, but to help those who have been affected by this poor driver decision. 

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