Posted in Car Accident on April 18, 2019
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Many health and safety organizations have declared distracted driving to be a safety epidemic, and the statistics show that it’s an extremely dangerous behavior. More than 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving-related crashes in 2017 alone, and hundreds of thousands of people suffer serious injuries every year due to drivers who aren’t paying attention to the road ahead.
At Matt Hardin Law, it’s our goal to help people who were injured in crashes caused by negligent drivers—including distracted drivers. If you or someone you love was injured by a distracted driver, call our Nashville auto accident lawyers today at (615) 200-1111 or submit an online consultation form. We know what you’re going through, and it’s our goal to help you get the money you deserve.
Texting and Driving Involves 3 Types of Distractions
Anything that takes your focus off of driving can be dangerous and increase your risks of being involved in an accident. But texting while driving is uniquely dangerous due to it involving the three main types of distraction:
If you have to read or send a text message while driving, pull over to a safe location first. Using your phone to text or make phone calls can be dangerous, even if your vehicle or device has hands-free operation. Even a single type of distraction listed above can increase your risk of a crash.
Who Is Most at Risk?
Everyone is at risk of being involved in a distracted driving-related crash when they text while driving, but certain people face greater risks than others:
It can be difficult to break the habit of texting while driving, especially if you’ve done it for years. If you have trouble driving without using your cell phone, the NHTSA recommends physically removing the device from your reach by placing it in your vehicle’s trunk, glove box, or backseat. You’ll still have access to the device if you need, but you’ll have to pull over to retrieve it.