April showers bring May flowers and also Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Nevada. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) there are eight people killed every day in accidents caused by distracted drivers and another 1,200 suffer serious injuries.
In the state of Nevada alone, there are 3,500 people injured each year in distracted driving crashes.
The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that one car accident every eight seconds in this country, and one out of every five accidents caused by a distracted driver.
Despite the well-known dangers, many drivers – of all ages – continue to engage in distracted driving behaviors while behind the wheel of their vehicles.
Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Nevada
One of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving is the use of a cell phone or other hand-held device. In Nevada, it is illegal for all drivers to use a hand-held phone or other device while driving.
The state has also made this a primary law, which means that law enforcement can pull you over and issue a violation if they see you using your device.
In addition to being illegal, cell phone use while driving is also very dangerous. If you text and drive, you are 23 more times likely to be in a car crash. Talking on the phone while driving quadruples your risk of being in an accident.
Even hands-free devices cause a dramatic increase in accident risk. Almost 40 percent of the brain activity needed to concentrate on driving focuses on the conversation on the phone instead of the road.
Not just tech
It is important to realize that it is not just cell phone use that causes to distracted driving accidents.
Other activities that many people engage in while driving include:
- eating and drinking,
- using a GPS system,
- taking to passengers,
- fiddling with vehicle music or entertainment systems,
- grooming, reading,
- and taking selfies.
All drivers can make the pledge to drive distraction-free by practicing safe driving behaviors. Make sure to adjust everything so that nothing will need your attention when you are driving. Put your phone on silent and put it away, either in a purse or glove box. When behind the wheel, don’t eat, apply makeup or other grooming, or reach across the seats to grab an item. Stay completely focused on the road and if you do need to use your device, pull off the road to a safe area to do so.
If you are injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact an experienced Las Vegas car accident attorney to discuss what your legal options may be against the driver for your pain and loss. Find out what you can do for Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Nevada. Contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you. Our office hours range from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. and we answer our phones 24/7.