April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
The National Safety Council (NSC), has designated the month of April as “Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The NSA and insurance companies across the country have joined the national campaign to bring awareness that distracted driving accidents can be prevented by drivers modifying their habits and creating new safety laws for the protection of motorist using the roads.
The National Safety Council reports that deaths from motor vehicle crashes went past 40,000 for the second year in a row in 2017. The NSC further reports, that some 4.57 million individuals were hurt in car accidents.
One of the chief reasons for distracted driving is the use of cell or smart phones when operating a motor vehicle. It appears to be one of the leading causes for car accidents across the country. While advance vehicle technology have made vehicles safer than ever, vehicle accidents and deaths are increasing dramatically across the nation due to use of cell/smart phones while driving. During the warm months, with more people on the road, there is the potential for even more accidents due to distracted driving.
There are estimates that over 92% of motorists use their cell or smart phones while operating their vehicle and some 70% or more, text while driving, even more dangerous than simply talking on your phone while operating the vehicle.
The purpose of making April distracted driving awareness month, is to educate motorists about the inherent risks of operating a vehicle while talking on the phone, texting, surfing the net, eating, fiddling with their radio, or any of a number of things a driver can be doing, rather than having 100% concentration on simply operating the car.
There needs to be more stringent laws which discourages and/or prevents drivers from using their cell/smart phones while operating a vehicle.
If you have questions about being injured in a car accident with a distracted driver, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Karp & Iancu, S.C. today.