Have you heard that April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month this year? People need to be aware of the impact that cellphones and other distractions have on our ability to drive safely. They lead to many car accidents each year.
Nonetheless, you may be asking yourself if we really need an awareness month. Doesn’t everyone know that distracted driving is dangerous?
Most people do. In one study, teen drivers were asked if they felt like it was risky to text and drive — one of the most common distractions. Nearly 100 percent of them said that it was. Older drivers also understand that this risk exists.
However, about 50 percent of those same teens said that they would still text and drive. They would do the very thing that they knew put themselves and others in danger.
We still need Distracted Driving Awareness Month because it seems that just knowing about the risks is not enough. People still do not take distraction seriously, and they still cause accidents all across New York — and the rest of the country — that they could have avoided with ease.
If you or a loved one suffers injuries in a car crash that was caused by a distracted driver, you need to know what legal options you have. You may be able to seek financial compensation for things like lost wages, medical bills, physical therapy and pain and suffering. If a loved one passes away in the crash, you may also be able to get compensation for lost income, funeral costs and more.