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Why is Distracted Driving Awareness Month important?

It is wise to periodically refresh yourself on common traffic dangers. This is especially true for such a prevalent issue as distracted driving. You may actively choose not to drink and drive, but it can be easy to get distracted behind the wheel. In fact, you and other Pennsylvania drivers may become distracted without intending it.

The National Safety Council has designated April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so the public can refresh their memories on this dangerous and common occurrence. As we have discussed numerous times in this blog, distracted driving typically takes three forms – visual, manual and cognitive distractions – which can take your eyes, hands or mind off the road. For example, you can unwittingly be distracted by the sight of a serious accident at the side of the road, by two of your children who are arguing in the backseat or by a cup of coffee that has spilled on the floor. As you may already know, texting and driving is especially dangerous because it involves all three distraction types. Your eyes, hands and mind are taken off the task of driving when you are concentrating on reading or sending that text message.

You may increase your safety by taking steps to reduce getting distracted while driving, but you cannot predict or prevent the dangerous driving habits of others. Therefore, you may be eligible for compensation if a negligent driver contributes to your injuries. This post is meant to educate you, but should not replace the advice of a lawyer.

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