Every April, the National Safety Council (NSC) observes Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This campaign aims to reduce the prevalence of distracted driving by reminding motorists just how dangerous it is.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for example, reading or sending a text message takes an average of five seconds, which is enough time to cover the length of an entire football field when traveling at 55 mph. Dozens of potential hazards could arise within such a distance, but motorists cannot respond to any of them if they are focusing on their phones instead of on the road.
If you were hurt in a collision with a distracted driver, turn to the Law Office of George R. Fusner Jr. From the moment you call our office to the day your case is resolved, you will be treated with the utmost compassion and professionalism. Call 615-251-0005 or 800-427-8960 to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced car wreck lawyer in Nashville.
How Can You Take Part in Distracted Driving Awareness Month?
Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a month-long campaign that aims to educate everyone about a serious public health issue. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly 660,000 motorists use their phones while behind the wheel at any given moment during the day. As PennyGeeks explains, cell phone use and other distractions cause more than 1,000 injuries each day.
If you want to make the roads safer for everyone, you can do your part by eliminating distractions when behind the wheel and encouraging others to do the same. There are also several ways to participate in the NSC’s national campaign. You can start by:
- Hanging posters and infographics detailing the dangers of distracted driving in your community;
- Attending the NSC’s free webinar on Engaging Ways to Address Distracted Driving at Work;
- Sharing traffic statistics on your social media profiles and using the hashtag #justdrive;
- Pledging to eliminate distractions when behind the wheel; and
- Setting a good example for your kids by stowing your phone in the car.
What Are the Different Kinds of Driving Distractions?
Operating a motor vehicle is a demanding activity that calls for your full attention. This includes keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.
If something forces you to take your eyes off the road, it is considered a visual distraction. Examples include turning to look at a collision as you pass and turning around to check on any passengers.
Activities that take your hands off the wheel, like eating or drinking, are called manual distractions, and anything that takes your focus off the traffic around you is a cognitive distraction. The most dangerous kinds of driving distractions are those that fall under all three categories, like texting.
If you sustained injuries in a wreck with someone who was texting while driving, contact the Law Office of George R. Fusner Jr. today. We will help you avoid costly mistakes like missing important deadlines, accepting a low settlement, posting sensitive information about your case on social media, or overlooking important evidence.
Call 615-251-0005 or 800-427-8960 to schedule a free consultation with a car wreck attorney in Nashville. You can learn more about accident claims in Tennessee by visiting the USAttorneys website.