Sadly, in the United States, each day, more than nine people are killed and 1,150 people are injured in distracted driving accidents.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distracted driving has become a bad habit that many Americans are having difficulty breaking. The agency said that in 2011, a distracted driver caused one in nearly every five crashes in the U.S.
The CDC defines distracted driving as actions that take the driver’s attention from the roadway, including texting and driving, playing with the radio, grooming, eating or using mobile devices like tablets or MP3 players.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
With all of this information in mind, you should be aware that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, as observed by the National Safety Council.
This year, the agency is focusing on the dangers of hands-free devices, which many Americans think are safer than handheld devices, even though studies show that a driver’s brain can remain distracted by a conversation. For more information about the NSC’s Focused Driver Challenge, you can click here.
As we reported in our blog earlier this month, New Jersey police were going to begin targeting distracted drivers as a part of the U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign. Last year, through the operation, more than 13,000 tickets were issued for drivers who were caught using mobile phones behind the wheel.
Speaking to an Attorney Following a Vehicle Accident
Aside from death, distracted driving accidents can result in serious personal injuries for victims. If you or your loved one have faced unjustifiable obstacles due to a distracted driver, it may be wise to speak to an attorney, who can help determine if you have an injury or wrongful death claim.
You should not have to continue to suffer because of a distracted driver. Stay safe and enjoy your weekend—avoid distracted driving!
Targan Talk: New Jersey has some of the toughest laws in the nation regarding distracted driving—first time offenders can face fines of up to $400.
Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City Accident Attorneys