April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the National Safety Council wants to increase awareness of the fact that thousands of people are killed or injured every year due to distracted drivers. Having represented countless individuals who have been injured or killed by distracted drivers, Carter Mario is compelled to join this effort to increase the awareness of the general public about distracted driving and how to prevent it.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a distraction is a behavior that takes a driver’s attention away from “navigating the vehicle and responding to critical events.” Operating any type of motor vehicle demands simultaneous visual, cognitive, and manual brain functions. When a distraction interferes with any one of those functions, the risk of a crash frighteningly increases.
Distracted driving examples
Americans spend significant amounts of time in their vehicles, and of course, some people drive vehicles for a living. Many drivers divert one or more of their driving functions to complete other tasks. Those might include but not be limited to:
These are all activities that distract a driver’s attention from his or her primary task. Even a distraction that lasts a second or two can have catastrophic results. It’s likely that more motor vehicle collisions are caused by distracted drivers than drunk drivers, but it’s nearly impossible for law enforcement agencies to maintain records of scientific test results on distracted drivers like they do with drunk drivers.
Distracted driving accidents are preventable
Carter Mario wants the public to be aware of the fact that almost all distracted driving accidents don’t have to occur. Most are prevented by simply turning off the electronic devices that drivers carry with them. When driving to a strange location, set the navigational device before beginning the trip, and secure all passengers and pets. Grooming can be done before leaving the starting point and again at the destination.
Think about somebody traveling at 65 miles per hour and taking their eyes off of the road for three to five seconds to send a text. They’ll be traveling more than the length of a football field without even looking at the road. The odds are going to eventually beat the driver.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident or any other kind of accident, contact Connecticut's personal injury experts at Carter Mario.