We are always told that multitasking is a good quality to have. You can get multiple things done at once and if you can do it effectively, you’ll have more time in your day to spend on other things you enjoy doing. While multitasking does have its advantages, it shouldn’t be done all the time. For instance, when you’re driving, you shouldn’t be talking on the phone, writing an email, or responding to a text message. Your eyes should be on the roadway and your attention should be focused on getting to and from your destination safely.
Unfortunately, many individuals haven’t yet learned that multitasking isn’t something that should be done while driving which is why 3,477 lives were taken in distracted driving accidents in 2015 and that number has since increased by 6%. To make matter worse, another 391,000 people were left injured in similar types of collisions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has even estimated that “at any given moment during daylight hours in the United States, about 660,000 people are using their cellphones while driving, creating an enormous potential for distraction on the nation’s roads.”
So, as a result of the increased number of deaths and injuries that occur because of distracted driving accidents, April has been designated as “Distracted Driving Awareness Month” and it is “a united effort to recognize and eliminate preventable deaths from distracted driving” [Source: National Safety Council (NSC)]. The NSC is offering informative resources for you, your employees, your family, and even your friends in honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month as it hopes to shed light on the public issue that seems to be worsening as the years go on.
What resources are available to help address the issue of distracted driving?
- A free Distracted Driving Online Course is provided to anyone interested. This free, 45-minute course is offered between April 15-21, 2018. Once you sign up, you will have 14 days to complete the course. If you have never used NSC’s online training center, you will want to click on New Student Registration and enter the access code “distracted.” You will be prompted to create a login ID and password so you may exit and return at a later time. If you are interested in completing this course, visit http://safetyserve.com/ddam/.
- A webinar is being offered that will cover “Engaging Ways to Address Distracted Driving at Work” on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 11: 00 a.m. central time. It is important for workers, especially those who operate commercial vehicles on a daily basis, to understand the importance of why they should refrain from engaging behavior that would distract them from driving. The truth is, a distracted driving accident can be pretty serious but those involving commercial vehicles can be devastating to those involved.
- You and your loved ones can pledge to drive cell free and share your commitment to making the roadways safer on social media.
If everyone takes the necessary steps toward making our roadways safer, fewer accidents would occur involving deaths and life-threatening injuries.
Distracted drivers are responsible for causing thousands of fatal accidents a year. If you want to help shed light on the issue, consider informing your friends and family of the dangers distracted driving poses on them and all others on the roadway.
However, if you are the victim of an accident that transpired because of a distracted or negligent driver, contact the Law Office of Roberto Salazar as soon as possible. It is in your best interest to speak with a McAllen, TX truck accident lawyer as they can inform you of your legal rights and help you recover compensation for the damage that has been done.
You can reach Law Office of Roberto Salazar at:
4601 North McColl
McAllen, Texas 78504