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Safety tips to help avoid distracted driving

The month of April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month. This program shines a light on the serious dangers of distracted driving for victims and their families. April is recognized by the National Safety Council as Distracted Driver Awareness Month to help better familiarize drivers and the public with the dangers of distracted driving. While cell phones allow for phone conversations, texting, checking of email and social media use, performing any of those activities while driving is considered distracted driving and is dangerous.

Using a cell phone while driving to place a call, text or check email or social media increases the risk of a car accident. Some important tips can help keep everyone stay safe on the roadways. Safety tips to help avoid distracted driving include storing a cell phone in a place where the driver is not frequently tempted to check it and to pull over to the side of the road if they do need to check it for any reason. It is also important to secure other items in the car so the driver will not be distracted by them falling or spilling.

Drivers should also remain alert and focused on the roadway and avoid driving when they are fatigued. Additionally, drivers should refrain from eating or grooming while driving, as these types of activities are also considered driver distraction. Distracted driving accidents can result in serious consequences and change the lives of victims and their families forever. Victims may suffer a host of damages related to a distracted driving-related car accident including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.

Personal injury legal options can help victims of distracted driving-related car accidents recover compensation for the damages suffered in an accident involving a distracted driver. It is valuable for victims of distracted and negligent drivers to be familiar with their legal rights and protections following a distracted driving-related accident.

Source: Patch.com, "Advisory: April Is Distracted Driver Awareness Month," Mark Nero, April 6, 2017

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