April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
The problem of distracted driving remains bad enough that a public campaign to raise awareness is necessary. This happens every year in April, where there are efforts to educate the public on the dangers of distracted driving.
This effort tries to teach drivers what happens when they take their eyes off the road. Of course, the classic example of distracted driving is when a motorist reads their phone or sends a text while driving. The truth is that distracted driving is about much more than that – even eating behind the wheel or engaging in an intense conversation can be dangerously distracting. Anything that keeps you from fully focusing while operating a car could be considered distracted driving.
Statistics About Distracted Driving
Here are some alarming statistics that people should know about distracted driving:
- In 2018, over 2,800 people were killed and 400,000 injured in accidents involving distracted drivers.
- Young adults comprised a quarter of the motorists involved in distracted driving crashes.
- In 2015, over 25% of car crashes involved distracted driving.
- 36% of drivers admit to using a cell phone while driving
Even with nearly all states passing laws to ban texting while driving, the problem still continues unabated. Part of the distracted driving campaign involves graphic print and online ads that show the dangers of this practice, yet the number of distracted driving injuries only increases. The hope is that continued education will eventually get the message across.
In the meantime, a distracted driver who causes an accident would be considered negligent and at fault for an accident. If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. An experienced car accident attorney can make all the difference.
Call a Beverly Hills Car Accident Attorney
You can reach the lawyers at Jalilvand Law at 310.478.5800, or you can find us online to schedule your free initial consultation after you have suffered a car accident injury.