For the most recent year reported, distracted driving resulted in 364 deaths and 2,200 serious injuries, according to Insurance Claims Journal. These numbers mean that distracted driving is responsible for one in five traffic crashes. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian is joining in.
All month long, the National Safety Council (NSC) is providing information and teaching materials to help educate the community on distracted driving and ways to prevent it. Here are some ways to help decrease injuries from distracted driving accidents:
Take the National Safety Council Just Drive Pledge
The NSC reports that distracted driving causes more than 700 injuries every day. The NSC is asking everyone to take the Just Drive Pledge in which you promise to just drive and not engage in any distracted driving activity, such as
- Talking on the phone on a handheld or hands-free device
- Texting and driving or using voice to text
- Using social media
- Checking or sending emails
- Taking selfies or recording videos
- Inputting GPS information while the vehicle is in motion
- Calling or messaging someone you know is driving
Take the Multitasking Quiz
Many myths surround distracted driving. NSC encourages you to learn the truth by taking the multitasking quiz. You just might discover that you are not multitasking as successfully as you thought.
Download the Fact Sheet
Did you know that more than 2,800 people die every year because of distracted driving? Or that 276,000 people were injured in distracted driving-related crashes in a recent year? Also, even though many people realize that distracted driving is dangerous for others, they continue to engage in the same dangerous behaviors themselves. Learn more by reading the NSC’s fact sheet on distracted driving.
Talk to Teens
Teen drivers disproportionately account for more distracted driving crashes and fatalities than other age groups. Keep your teen safe by talking to them about the dangers of distracted driving. NSC has also created a New Driver Deal, an agreement you can make with your teen about safe driving. And, don’t forget to model good behavior yourself.
Check Vehicle Recalls
Some distractions are malfunctions that occur while you are driving, such as sudden acceleration or your vehicle suddenly losing power. Check out this site to see if your vehicle has been recalled.
Injured in an Accident? Contact The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian
If you were injured in a Houston car accident because someone else chose to text and drive or engage in other distracted driving behavior, contact The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian. Our experienced Houston car accident lawyer are here to guide you through this process from start to finish. We have achieved real results for thousands of people just like you since 2004. Call or contact us online to receive your free case review regarding your car crash. Let us help you achieve the justice you deserve.