In the month of April, the National Safety Council (NSC) is urging Americans to consider the lives of others on the road and stop using cell phones while driving in honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The NSC estimates that annually 28 percent of all crashes in the U.S., or 1.6 million accidents, are caused by drivers using their handheld or hands-free cell phone and texting while driving. The group also reports that drivers who text increase their chances of being involved in a dangerous crash by eight to 23 times, and motorists who talk on their cell phones, whether on a handheld or hands-free device, are four times more likely to crash.
The NSC offers the following suggestions to help curb cell phone use while driving and potentially prevent a serious Maryland auto accident:
- Make a personal commitment to drive and not use your cell phone; take the NSC’s pledge to drive cell free at: https://www.nsc.org/weblogin?returnurl=%2fforms.
- If in the car with someone who is using his or her phone, encourage them to not use it while driving by asking if you can help them or asking them to wait to use it.
- Turn your phone off or put it on silent when you’re driving so you are not tempted to answer it when behind the wheel.
- Use technology that helps prevent cell phone use while driving and holds your calls and messages and delivers them when you’re finished driving.
- Consider changing your voicemail message to reflect that you are driving or away from your phone, and you’ll call back when you can safely do so.
Ensuring the safety of all drivers on the road is everyone’s responsibility, and preventing distracted driving is one way to help. However, not all drivers will exercise caution when behind the wheel, which can endanger the lives of others. If you have been involved in an auto accident caused by another person’s negligence, a Maryland distracted driving accident attorney can help you hold at-fault parties responsible. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of Alpert Schreyer, LLC’s injury attorneys, call (844) 632-7274.