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Distracted Driving Awareness Month - April 2016

Distracted Driving Awareness Month - April 2016

Sadly, our office has seen an increase in distracted driving accidents which have resulted in significant injuries to our clients. It is no secret that talking or texting on a cellphone while driving costs hundreds of Americans their lives every year due to the resulting car accidents. But the National Safety Council (NSC) is concerned that the secret people don’t know is that preventing a distracted driving accident is possible 100% of the time by simply putting away the smartphone and focusing on the task at hand. To bring attention to this problem of inattention, which causes roughly 21% of all traffic collisions, the NSC has declared April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Throughout April, you should start seeing advertisements from the NSC across multiple media sources, such as television, radio, and social media, all promoting their Take Back Your Drive campaign. The project hopes to dispel several dangerous distracted driving myths that the majority of people in our country tend to believe.

  1. Multitasking: People tend to think that driving and talking on the phone is an easy multitask. The NSC contends that the human brain can only actively do one “thinking task” at a time, and they count driving and talking as each a “thinking task.” This means you cannot do both simultaneously and safely.
  2. Passenger distraction: Some people argue that talking on a cellphone is no more dangerous than talking to a passenger. While conversing with others may cause distraction, studies show it is not nearly as risky, due to the fact that you and your conversation partner can both still watch the road and react to traffic problems.
  3. Hands-free, danger-free: More than half of all drivers wrongly believe that preinstalled dashboard devices that allow hands-free talking are safe to use. NSC research shows that hands-free cellphone use is just as dangerous as any other form of smartphone distraction. They even found that 50% of the surrounding environment was completely neglected by their attention when using a device of any kind.
  4. Alcohol comparison: Studies have shown that cellphone use is actually more distracting and debilitating to a driver than intoxication. The big difference is that intoxication will linger for hours, whereas to prevent a cellphone-related car accident the driver just needs to hang up the phone and put it away.

If You Are Hurt by a Distracted Driver

The NSC is making strides to change the way people think about driving and cellphone use but all of the best tips in the world will only work if people listen. Until there are responsive, real-time solutions to the problem, such as all smartphones shutting down when in motion, the most people can do to set things right is to hold negligent drivers accountable when they cause a collision. Our Hamden auto accident attorneys at Sette & Parnoff, PC can represent you in your personal injury claim against the distracted driver that caused your injuries. Call 203.285.3075 today for a free case evaluation.


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