As we recently reported on our Alabama Injury Lawyer Blog, teenage girls across the country face the highest risks for distracted driving-related car accidents.
They’re more likely than any other age group to get into one of these accidents. But drivers in every age group face serious risks for distraction-related collisions. Distracted driving has become such a wide-spread problem on our roadways that everyone is at risk. As a matter of fact, officials estimate that about a quarter of all roadway accidents involve a distracted driver.
For that reason, safe driving advocates and our Montgomery car accident lawyers are recognizing April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month 2012. Every April, the entire month is used to help spread the word about the risks that are associated with these poor driving habits and to get drivers to pledge to curb distractions. We’re urging drivers to take the pledge this April and help increase roadway safety nationwide.
In 2010, there were approximately 3,000 people who were killed in distraction-related car accidents, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Officials believe that this number is actually much higher as they believe that distractions are not accurately reported. What is most commonly reported as a distraction in these kinds of accidents are cell phones. It’s time to change our driving habits, make roadways safer and help to save lives!
“It’s time to start changing the social acceptance of cell phone use while driving,” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the NSC.
The problem isn’t that drivers don’t understand the dangers associated with distracted driving, because most do. The problem is that drivers continue to use their cell phones and other electronic devices while navigating our roadways. This April is the time to take the pledge to curb the distractions and to help put a stop to these needless tragedies. The NSC has laid out the following pledge to help you get going. Urge friends and family members to join you!
Make the Pledge:
-Pledge to turn off/silence the cell phone. Keep phones, text messaging devices and other electronics out of the driver’s seat. There’s a time and place for everything. When you’re behind the wheel, it’s time to drive and drive only. Calls and texts can wait.
-If you happen to be riding with a driver who is engaging in needless distractions, speak up. Don’t allow someone else to jeopardize your life, their life and the safety of our roadways.
-Talk about this problem with friends and family members. Urge everyone you know to join in and to take the pledge. Your recruits can help to save lives.
If you or someone in your family has been injured or killed in a distraction-related car accident in Montgomery or elsewhere in Alabama, contact the Montgomery injury attorneys at Allred & Allred P.C. to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call 1-866-942-9315 to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer today.
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