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Increasing safety awareness during distracted driving month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which means authorities in Mississippi and beyond are looking for ways to make drivers more aware of this danger. Despite most people recognizing the serious risk of engaging in this type of behavior, many drivers still admit to operating a vehicle while cognitively, mentally or physically distracted.

You may be aware of the immense dangers of driving while distracted. In fact, this risky behavior is now one of the leading causes of car accidents across the country. If you suffered injuries in a recent accident, chances are that distraction played a role in what happened to you. 

The growing danger of distracted driving 

Statistics indicate that distracted driving is a serious issue. It is one of the main reasons for all types of motor vehicle accidents. Consider the facts about this serious problem that could be a threat to your safety and well-being:

  • As many as nine out of 10 drivers admit they look at their phones while driving.
  • A driver sending just one text message may have his or her eyes off the road for several seconds, traveling a significant distance without looking at the road.
  • Phones are not the only source of distraction for drivers. Other sources could include the radio and navigation systems. 

The National Safety Council has named April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month in order to draw attention to this serious problem. Even though most people are aware of the fact that this behavior is both inexcusable and preventable, drivers still look at their phones and do other dangerous things. 

You may know that by making people more aware of the problem, it could reduce the number of accidents caused by distraction. Authorities want all drivers to know all kinds of distraction is dangerous, and that all drivers should put down their phones and eliminate anything that could take their attention from the task at hand.

What can you do?

One of the ways you can combat distracted driving is to fight back when a distracted driver causes you harm. You do not have to deal with the consequences of another driver's poor choices on your own, but you can hold that person accountable through a personal injury claim.

While a civil claim will not reverse what happened to you, it can help you address your financial losses and move forward with your life. After an accident, a complete evaluation of your case can help you understand the options available to you.

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