Throughout the nation, the month of April is being recognized as distracted driving awareness month. The National Safety Council and other agencies and organizations want to use this month to raise awareness about the dangers posed by distracted driving. Common motorist distractions can lead to serious, sometimes fatal car accidents. According to the NSC, driver distraction leads to thousands of accident fatalities each year in the US.
Although cell phones are what most people associate with distracted driving, anything that leads to the following can cause a car accident:
- Manual distraction
- Visual distraction
- Cognitive distraction
A distraction takes your eyes, hands and/or mind away from the task of driving, thus increasing the risk of an accident. Texting, talking on a cell phone, using a car’s infotainment system – all of these can be sources of distraction. Other sources include getting into a heated discussion with a passenger, reaching for something that has fallen to the floor or in the backseat, adjusting audio controls, and even using a hands-free cell phone device.
If you live anywhere in Maine and believe a careless, distracted driver caused your car accident and resulting injuries, please contact Lowry & Associates for a free case evaluation and to find out if our experienced accident attorney can help you and your family.