Practicing Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April
Despite numerous local laws to prevent distracted driving, motorists still need a reminder of the dangers. Lives are at risk when they give anything less than their full focus behind the wheel. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month aimed at educating drivers of what could happen when they do not pay attention.
Distracted driving fatalities are on the rise. In 2019, more than 3,100 were killed in these accidents, which represented a 10% increase from the previous year. Young people especially drive distracted more often. Things like e-mails and social media compete for drivers’ attention.
The Types of Distracted Driving
Of course, texting while driving is a prime example of distracted driving. However, there are three types of distracted driving:
- Taking eyes off the road
- Taking a hand off the steering wheel
- Not fully focusing on driving
This means that things like eating and having a conversation while driving could be distracting. Motorists should pull over when they need to do anything other than drive. Otherwise, they are putting their passengers and everyone else on the road at risk. All it takes is a few seconds with eyes off the road to cause an accident.
Drivers should expect increased enforcement of traffic laws during April. Police officers throughout the country will spend at least part of the month pulling over drivers who use handheld devices behind the wheel.
Not only is distracted driving dangerous, but it could also be evidence of negligence in a car accident. You or a loved one could be entitled to financial compensation if you have been injured by a distracted driver.
Experienced Boca Raton Car Accident Lawyers
The attorneys at Rubino Findley PLLC are here to help if you have been hurt in a car accident. Call us at 561.220.0741 or contact us online to talk.