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Public Safety Campaign Raises Awareness of Distracted Driving Dangers

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San Jose car accident attorneys, California public safety campaign, distracted driving dangers, driver negligence, car accident injuriesThe month of April is designated as National Distracted Driving Awareness month. Through the efforts of law enforcement and traffic safety officials, the goal is to make the general public more aware of how important it is to keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your attention to the task of driving to prevent car accidents and injuries.

In addition to automobile drivers and their passengers, distracted driving jeopardizes motorcyclists, bicyclists, public transit riders, and pedestrians as well. At Jachimowicz Law Group, we urge you to be aware of the potential dangers and to practice the following safety tips.

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) promotes National Distracted Driving Awareness month each year as a way of calling attention to the dangers distracted drivers pose to themselves and others on the road. OTS surveys show that as many as 40 percent of residents admit to talking on cell phones or texting regularly while behind the wheel.

Other types of distracted driving behaviors include:

  • Taking photos or videos while driving;
  • Using electronic devices to post on social media or to check emails;
  • Adjusting GPS settings or switching car stereo stations;
  • Eating fast food or drinking coffee and other beverages;
  • Reaching for items on floorboards, in the glove department, or in the back seat;
  • Talking to other passengers in the vehicle; and
  • Adjusting your appearance, such as combing hair or touching up makeup in the rear view mirror.

Tips to Prevent Distracted Driving Accidents

Anything that takes your attention from the task of driving for even a few seconds decreases your response and reaction times, making car accidents more likely to occur. The OTS warns that five seconds is the average amount of time drivers are diverted by a single distraction. When driving at 55 miles per hour, this is akin to driving the entire length of a football field blindfolded.

Drivers are encouraged to follow these safety tips to prevent distracted driving accidents from occurring:

  • Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the steering wheel at all times;
  • Pay attention to the road in front of you, and be alert to changes in traffic, weather, or road conditions;
  • Rather than eating or drinking while driving, eat before you hit the road or dine in restaurants rather than getting to go orders; and
  • Keep your cell phone turned off and avoid the temptation to check messages when stopped at traffic signals.

The National Safety Council has numerous resources to share during distracted driving awareness month. This includes driver safety videos, infographics and memes for posting on social media, along with a distracted driving pledge which can be printed to share with friends and family members.

Contact Us Today for Help

When car accidents and injuries impact you or those you love, Jachimowicz Law Group is here to help. Contact our office online and request a consultation with our passionate San Jose car accident attorneys today.

Sources:

https://www.ots.ca.gov/Media_and_Research/Campaigns/Distracted_Driving/default.asp

http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/distracted-driving-awareness-month.aspx

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