Month of April Dedicated to Preventing Distracted Driving
For most of us, the month of April brings to mind spring and the arrival of warmer weather in Florida. For law enforcement and traffic safety officials, it is dedicated to raising the public’s awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. As one of the leading causes of car accidents and injuries in our state and across the country, distracted driving involves a wide range of activities which could jeopardize the safety of you and your passengers. Take advantage of the many resources promoted over the course of this month to make yourself and those you love more aware of the potential risks.
Distracted Driving In Florida
According to traffic safety reports from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), there were more than 50,000 car accidents in our state during 2016 that were directly attributed to distracted driving. These accidents resulted in more than 3,500 injuries and close to 250 fatalities. As these figures only include accidents in which a driver is confirmed to have been driving while distracted, actual figures may be much higher.
Distracted driving is often associated with texting or making cell phone calls while behind the wheel. The fact is that any activity which diverts your attention while operating a motor vehicle could put you and other motorists at risk. This includes:
- Using your phone or other electronic devices to post on social media, check emails, or to take pictures while driving or stopped at red lights and traffic signals;
- Eating fast food and drinking coffee or other beverages while driving;
- Talking to adult passengers or tending to children in the front or back seat;
- Adjusting your personal appearance in the rear view mirror;
- Adjusting GPS settings or changing car radio stations.
Anything that takes your focus off driving or causes you to take your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel diminishes your reaction and response times, increasing the likelihood of serious and potentially fatal car accidents and injuries.
Raising Awareness During Distracted Driving Month
In addition to monitoring your own behavior behind the wheel, there are numerous activities you can do to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving among your family members and friends. The National Safety Council offers educational videos to watch along with infographics and memes to share on social media. There are tools available for parents to talk with their teens and resources for business owners to share with their employees. The NSC also offers a Distracted Driving Pledge, which you can download, sign, and share with others. It affirms your intention to do your part in preventing distracted driving accidents by staying focused behind the wheel.
Contact Us Today for Help
When car accidents and injuries do occur as the result of distracted driving, the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III is here to help. Reach out and contact our Fort Pierce car accident attorney to request a consultation to discuss your case and how we can help you get the compensation you need to recover.