The National Safety Council has announced plans to recognize the month of April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The National Safety Council is asking motorists, employers, and corporations to get involved in efforts to reduce the risks of distracted driving around.
According to studies, as many as 2,600 people die every year in accidents that are directly linked to the use of cell phones while driving. These accidents also injured thousands more people every year. All of these accidents are entirely preventable. All that is required to prevent these accidents is for people to be responsible while driving, and switch off their cell phones when the car is in motion.
Cell phone use is not the only distraction that motorists deal with, but car accident lawyers find that it is by far, one of the most dangerous and deadliest distractions. The danger is that cell phone use may be much more widespread and frequent than people realize. According to the National Safety Council, as many as 25% of all motor vehicle accidents involve cell phones.
Talking on cell phones has become second nature to many of us, which is why many motorists don’t even realize how dangerous it is when they pick up the phone to read a text message, or answer a call.
It is not as if talking on a cell phone while driving or reading a text message is the most dangerous activity that you could perform at the wheel. There are other dangerous activities that you could indulge in, including snacking or fiddling with radio channels. However, the danger with distractions from the use of cell phones is that these practices are so widely prevalent, and their dangers are so underestimated. Besides, when a person changes the radio channel, he’s distracted for just a couple of seconds, but when he’s talking on a cell phone, the conversation can continue for several minutes, increasing the risk of an accident substantially.
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