April is Distracted Driving Month, which a month dedicated to education and increasing awareness regarding the risks associated with distracted driving. In California and other states, distraction is one of the leading causes of car accidents and one of the most pressing public safety concerns. Authorities and leaders hope bringing this issue to light will encourage people to act safely behind the wheel and reduce the number of distraction-related personal injury incidents.
Many drivers are aware that distraction can be dangerous, yet many believe they are capable of safely multitasking while driving. Statistics indicate this is not true. According to the California Highway Patrol, 66 people died in distraction-related crashes in 2017, and approximately 6,500 suffered injuries. While overall data seems to indicate a decrease in the number of distracted driving accidents, phone use continues to be a problem.
There is no excuse for distracted driving. California laws state that drivers cannot hold any type of electronic device or phone while also operating a motor vehicle. Not only can this lead to citations and other types of consequences, it can also increase the chance of causing a collision. To avoid unnecessary accidents, drivers can make it a priority to keep their hands on the wheel, their eyes looking at what is ahead and their minds attentive to what is going on around them.
When a driver causes an accident because he or she was distracted, victims have legal options. It may be possible to hold negligent parties accountable through a personal injury claim. If a person believes this is an appropriate course of action for their situation, it may help to first seek a complete evaluation of one's case.