April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. It is important to spread the word about just how dangerous driving while distracted can be. Drivers are considered distracted whenever they take their hands off the wheel, their eyes off the road, or their focus from the task at hand, which is driving. The fastest growing form of distracted driving involves cell phone use, and even drivers who are using a hands-free device are putting themselves and others at risk.
According to data collected by Focusdriven.org, an advocacy group that encourages safe, cell phone-free driving, 9 percent of drivers are talking on cell phones, making them four times as likely to crash. Cell phone ownership has grown from 11 percent in 1995 to 93 percent today, and with this increase in cell phone use has come a substantial increase in distracted driving. Using a cell phone while driving forces the brain to focus on your conversation, resulting in a 37 percent decrease in the capacity your brain will have to gather and process critical driving data. Therefore, having a conversation while driving will make you more prone to driving distracted and much more likely to be involved in an accident.
This month, please take the time to tell your friends and fellow drivers that you choose to not use a cell phone while driving. Encourage your loved ones to do the same. You can help save a life by stopping distracted driving. Help make Nevada roadways safe for all motorists.
If you or a loved one is hurt in a Las Vegas car accident by a distracted driver, it may be in your best interest to discuss your legal rights and options with an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer. The knowledgeable Las Vegas car accident attorneys at Shook & Stone know how to hold distracted drivers accountable for the damages they cause. If a distracted driver has hurt you or a loved one, please call our offices today at (888) 662-2013 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.